The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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