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Public early intervention service gap discussions grind to a halt on P.E.I.
Jeff Matheson pushing province to improve child physical medicine services for Islanders like his daughter, who has hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
On P.E.I., child physiotherapy and occupational therapy stops being served around the age of six — even though many require ongoing treatment. The political scandals, ‘red tape’ and generous layers of bureaucracy are burning through public resources — making it difficult to provide therapy.
Health P.E.I. has targeted special needs children as a priority in their strategic plan but so far the solution has been to increase the spend by roughly 0.06 per cent of the Health P.E.I. Budget.
We know P.E.I. needs more physiotherapists and occupational therapists. We know it’s wrong to stop providing rehabilitation when children turn 6. We know P.E.I. has enough to provide the services children require — without breaking the bank.
We also know that newly appointed Health Minister Robert Henderson stood with the premier, cabinet ministers and all voting MLAs to unanimously support our motion (No. 30) in the P.E.I. Legislative Assembly to correct this.
The prayers of the motion are clear: (The full motion is available online.)
Therefore Be It Resolved: that this Assembly urge government to officially respond as soon as possible to the petition and commit itself to improving access to children1s physical services for the benefit of Island children aged 0-18; (Note: There are no rules or legislative process in place to facilitate tabled public petition responses.)
Therefore Be It Further Resolved: that this Assembly encourage government to commit to an aggressive timetable for these access improvements ...
Robert Henderson, alone, can end this multigenerational systematic discrimination and improve the mobility and lives of P.E.I. children as stated clearly in the Public Health Act of P.E.I.
Excerpt from the Public Health Act: 3. (1) The Minister shall establish, and may amend, a provincial health plan, which shall include (c) the health services to be provided or made available in the province and the health facilities to be operated by Health P.E.I.;
Will Robert Henderson be a true leader and resolve this issue or continue to allow the system to discriminate against children on P.E.I.?
I’d love to know.
Jeff Matheson is pushing the province to improve child physical medicine services for Islanders like his young daughter, Vaeda, who has hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Father and daughter are shown in this March 2014 photo