NDP

Liberal cuts to individual long-term care facilities as high as $255,000

August 17, 2016


For immediate release.
August 17, 2016

HALIFAX – Data obtained by the Nova Scotia NDP Caucus through a Freedom of Information request shows the impact of cuts to long-term care on the budgets of individual nursing homes and residential care facilities across the province. In the 2016-17 budget, the McNeil government made more than $3.4 million in cuts to long-term care facilities, but a breakdown of the cuts by facility has not been available until now.

Major cuts include $235,963 from Northwood in North End Halifax; $103,800 from Evergreen Home for Special Care in Kentville; $110,700 from Cedarstone in Truro; and $255,100 from Harbourstone in Sydney.

“The real effect of Stephen McNeil’s talk about ‘fiscal restraint’ is that the residents of nursing homes and care facilities are forced to make do with less,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “It is absurd to think that you can cut $3.4 million from nursing home and residential care budgets without impacting programming, diet or staff.”

Wait times for a nursing home bed range from 47 days in Cumberland County to 1083 days in Richmond. In 14 of the 18 counties in the province, people are waiting over 200 days for a bed. Since taking office, the McNeil government has not opened a single new nursing home bed.

“People are waiting years for nursing home placement and Stephen McNeil’s so-called ‘solution’ is to cut funding to the facilities for the second year in a row,” said Burrill. “The Liberal government owes an explanation to both the residents of long-term care facilities and those who are waiting to get in.”

The full list of cuts can be viewed here.

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881.