Pallister Fails to Build New Personal Care Home Beds For Second Straight Year

May 24, 2018

Information obtained by the NDP indicates that the Pallister government has not built one new personal care home bed initiated by their government for a second straight fiscal year.

The only project completed in the 2017-2018 fiscal year was the Tabor Personal Care Home in Morden, which was initiated by the previous government.

With an aging population, the demand for personal care home beds is expected to increase. Recent estimates by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority indicate that approximately 200 more beds are needed just in Winnipeg each year. Information obtained by the NDP shows that in recent months 341 people were waiting for admission to a personal care home in the Southern Health Authority, and over 200 were waiting in the Prairie Mountain Health Authority. It’s clear that without greater capacity families will be left waiting longer and longer to get their loved ones the care they need later in life.

Today NDP Leader Wab Kinew questioned why the Pallister government had decided to cancel plans to build new personal care homes in Lac Du Bonnet and Transcona, even after, in the case of Lac Du Bonnet, millions of dollars had already been spent.

“Cancelling personal care home projects sends a strong message to Manitobans that Pallister’s priorities are not your priorities. We want to be sure that parents and seniors will be able to get into a care home when they need it. Pallister and his government are only interested in making cuts,” said Kinew. “For a second straight year, we’re seeing that this government has not built any new personal care home beds. It’s not right, it’s not what Manitobans want.”

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