Sooner rather than later
Long-term care facility needs fast-tracking
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.”