Sooner rather than later

Long-term care fa­cil­ity needs fast-tracking

The Compass - - NEWS -

Roland But­ler wel­comed the fund­ing an­nounce­ment in the pro­vin­cial bud­get for long term care in Carbonear as, “a lit­tle good news that is long over­due for se­niors re­quir­ing long-term care” in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion.

The Port de Grave MHA was re­fer­ring to the ini­tial in­vest­ment of $4 mil­lion in Bud­get 2010 to be­gin the construction of a long-term care fa­cil­ity ad­ja­cent to the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal. The fa­cil­ity will con­tain 250 beds.

“ This is a crit­i­cal piece of in­fra­struc­ture that is needed by res­i­dents in the area and one that I, to­gether with other com­mu­nity groups, have been ad­vo­cat­ing for a num­ber of years,” says But­ler. “Se­nior cit­i­zens and their fam­i­lies will wel­come this news and be anx­ious to see this fa­cil­ity started and com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.”

In its bud­get doc­u­ment, gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to start­ing the pre­lim­i­nary site work some time this year.

While he is pleased with the bud­get com­mit­ment, But­ler says he re­al­izes this does not nec­es­sar­ily mean there will be fa­cil­ity here any­time soon.

“I am call­ing upon gov­ern­ment to stay com­mit­ted to time frames they have pro­vided in­clud­ing the start of the fa­cil­ity in 2011. In fact, if at all pos­si­ble I would like to see a fast-tracking of this project to en­sure needs of se­niors in this district are met sooner rather than later.”

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