ANTIGONISH, NS – When Premier Dexter makes a long-term care announcement later today, it will be difficult for Nova Scotians to take him seriously, says Antigonish Progressive Conservative candidate Darren Thompson.
“The Dexter NDP created a crisis in long-term care,” said Thompson. “The Dexter NDP treated seniors and their families with complete and utter disregard and it’s time for real change.”
Thompson says the facts show the NDP have no credibility when it comes to long-term care and can’t be trusted.
“The Dexter NDP talked a big game on long-term care in the past, but their actions show they’ll promise the world and deliver nothing for seniors,” he said.
FACT: The wait list for a long-term care bed has grown to 2,412 people – that’s more than a 50 per cent increase since the Dexter NDP took office.
FACT: The waiting list for nursing homes is longer than it has ever been.
FACT: According to the Department of Health’s 2011/12 Accountability Report, in January 2012, 59 per cent (1,098 of 1,860) of the people on the wait list for a nursing home bed required home care as they waited. This is providing additional strain on the wait list for home care.
FACT: According to the Department of Health’s report ‘Removing Barriers in Accessing Long Term Care’- May 2011, 97 per cent of people waiting for long-term care were assessed at having a high risk for adverse outcomes.
FACT: According to Statistics Canada, over the next 20 years the number of seniors aged 80 and over in Nova Scotia will more than double. The 2011 census shows the current number as 40,439. In 2032, it will be 84,700. We have lost three years of preparation while the NDP did nothing.
FACT: As of 2010/11, only 618 of the beds promised in the first phase of the Continuing Care Strategy were opened. The strategy called for 846 beds by 2010.
FACT: While in opposition, the NDP often spoke out about the need for more beds to keep up with the growing demand. Opposition leader Darrell Dexter told the Cape Breton Post in February 2008, “The growth in the senior demographics will quickly outpace the government’s plans to establish 832 long-term care beds by 2010.”