Dexter NDP four years too late on long-term care

September 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the Dexter NDP is four years too late with its long-term care plan.

Today the NDP announced they would replace 700 long-term care beds, but the wait list for a bed has grown to 2,334 people over the last four years – more than a 50 per cent increase since Darrell Dexter took office.

“If the Dexter NDP were serious about providing quality care for our seniors they would have done something about the out-of-control wait list for long-term care beds years ago,” said Baillie. “Seniors and their families will see today’s announcement for what it is – another empty promise from a Premier desperate to keep his job.”

Baillie says the Premier should have spent the last four years tackling the bloated bureaucratic and administrative costs in healthcare and then redirecting cost-savings into front line health care services, like long-term care. Instead, Darrell Dexter defended the soaring costs of administration and let seniors and their families down.

Baillie says a Progressive Conservative government will put seniors first.

By reducing the number of district health authorizes in the province from 10 to three, the Progressive Conservatives will save taxpayers an estimated $60 million. The savings will be redirected to front line health care services like more doctors, nurses and care for seniors.

“We will take the money out of the boardrooms and head offices and put it on the front lines of the healthcare system – where it belongs,” said Baillie. “We’re going to turn the system around so seniors and patients come first, not administrators and bureaucrats.”