We still lag be­hind, says writer

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dur­ing the Sept. 28 lead­ers’ de­bate, I kept wish­ing that PC Leader Kathy Dun­derdale would spend more time on pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble home­care for our se­niors; per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and those with chronic health con­di­tions; pharma- care and as­sis­tive de­vices.

Also, Dun­derdale should have men­tion e d the state of our prov­ince’s men­tal health care sys­tem. Many peo­ple have long wait times to see a psy­chi­a­trist.

Dun­derdale’s PCs spend mil­lions and mil­lions of dol­lars on all these strate­gies: poverty re­duc­tion; longterm and com­mu­nity care; pub­lic hous­ing and men­tal health, but only a small por­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions are car­ried out. They talk the talk, but there is very lit­tle ac­tion.

Many of our health care pro­grams are still be­hind the rest of the coun­try. Ed­ward Saw­don writes from

St. John’s

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