It might have been published in another paper, but still Robert Miller’s recent opinion article should be a wake-up call to health minister Randy Delorey and premier Stephen McNeil’s government. Miller clearly sets out why we desperately need more long-term care beds, not only in the Annapolis Valley but across the province. At the same time, it is truly unfortunate that he and his emergency doctor colleagues in the Valley had to set up a GoFundMe to finally get action from the government on this critical situation. It appears that for the McNeil government, “crisis” does not exist in its vocabulary.
ACE (Advocates for the Care of the Elderly) strongly supports the efforts of Miller and a growing number of people across the province to get more long-term care beds and facilities built, and to end the chronic underfunding and understaffing of long-term care. One important starting point would be for the minster to provide a detailled response to the Expert Advisory Panel Report on LongTerm Care, three months after that report was publicly released, and to communicate what they are planning to do. The needs of the elderly should no longer be ignored! —Gary MacLeod, chair of the ACE team, Halifax