A News Release from Constituency Office of Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff
Posted February 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – As Long-Term Care workers from across the province came to Queen’s Park to voice their frustrations, MPP Sam Oosterhoff welcomed Minister of Health and LongTerm Care Helena Jaczek to her new portfolio with the hard reality of Long-Term Care shortages in Niagara.
“According to Region of Niagara numbers, from now until 2031, seniors 65 years and older will account for 60 per cent of our population growth” said Oosterhoff. “Right now, the average wait time for a bed in the Niagara Peninsula is close to four years. This is almost twice the provincial wait time of two years.”
“The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has not built new beds in my riding since Woodlands of Sunset was completed in 2004. That’s over a decade ago!” Oosterhoff declared. “Will the Minister commit today to building more Long-Term Care beds in the Niagara Region?”
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care evaded the question completely by trying to change the subject.
“The Liberals have spent the past 15 years ruining our healthcare system and now they refuse to take responsibility for their neglect and mismanagement,” concluded Oosterhoff. “Ontario simply cannot afford the Wynne Liberals anymore.”
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