Where is money for home care?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

As­ton­ish­ment is my im­me­di­ate re­sponse to re­cent lo­cal news about

se­niors’ care and ser­vices pro­vided. Health P.E.I. is seek­ing in­put (again) from se­niors and their fam­i­lies while the pri­vate sec­tor is cry­ing foul over in­equities be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate ser­vices (P.E.I. Home Care As­so­ci­a­tion).

How many stud­ies done over the years have been ig­nored? Even the pri­vate for profit sec­tor is speak­ing to the ele­phant in the room, the pub­lic sec­tor, i.e. our gov­ern­ments, drop­ping the ball on home care and nurs­ing home ser­vices.

Our gov­ern­ments quite sim­ply are not pro­vid­ing the fund­ing required for ad­e­quate health care ser­vices. Cer­tainly not to se­niors or others not able to af­ford the follow up med­i­cal and other ser­vices needed to keep us in our homes. Is this a sneaky way to be able to jus­tify giv­ing away more pub­lic ser­vices to the pri­vate sec­tor?

It has come to my at­ten­tion that Health P.E.I. re­cently can­celled fund­ing to Home Care Ser­vices. This was fund­ing al­ready promised to and bud­geted for by Home Care Ser­vices.

Is this the money the fed­eral gov­ern­ment some months ago made a big hul­la­baloo about when an­nounc­ing health care fund­ing to the prov­inces? Why cut nec­es­sary funds to a very es­sen­tial ser­vice? Are you mov­ing to­wards giv­ing away more pub­lic ser­vices to the pri­vate sec­tor?

Why the cut­ting back of money needed to give an af­ford­able pub­lic ser­vice touted as very nec­es­sary for peo­ple to get out of hos­pi­tal and con­tinue liv­ing at home?

Edith Perry, Mil­lview

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