NDP

“Administrative efficiencies” not a reality for nursing homes

November 2, 2016


For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – This morning, Dr. Peter Vaughan, Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness, claimed that nursing homes are reaping the benefits of “administrative efficiencies” as a result of the McNeil government’s cuts to long-term care.

“Oakwood Terrace received budgets cuts in 2015/16 and 2016/17. In each year, $46,704.00 of the cuts were attributed to government-backed “group purchasing” efficiencies. To date there have been no new, credible government-backed programs that have produced any savings for Oakwood Terrace,” said Anthony Taylor, Administrator of Oakwood Terrace in Dartmouth. “I believe the experience at Oakwood Terrace is consistent with other long term care providers in the province.”

The NDP Caucus has been raising concerns about the cuts to long-term care since they were announced.  A Freedom of Information request resulted in an inaccurate list of cuts to each facility. To date, the Liberals have refused to release an accurate list of cuts.

“You can’t cut millions of dollars from nursing homes and expect residents won’t be impacted,” said Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “These cuts disrespect seniors, and must be reversed.”

Long-term care facilities around the province have reported lower food quality, staffing reductions, and fewer recreational opportunities for seniors as a result of the Liberal funding cuts.

“The Liberals are out of touch with the needs of seniors,” says Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “The McNeil government should do the right thing – reverse the cuts and apologize to the residents of nursing homes.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.