Niagara Falls NDP Candidate Wayne Gates Joins Front-Line Health Workers To Announce Plan To Fix Long-Term Care For Seniors

“While my local opponents continue to throw mud, I want to tell people what we’re actually going to do to make life better.” – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

A News Release from the Campaign to Re-elect Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Posted June 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Wayne Gates joined local front-line healthcare workers at his Niagara Falls campaign headquarters (this June 4rth) to announce the NDP plan to address chronic problems in long-term care.

Niagara Falls NDP candidate and incumbent MPP Wayne Gates with local health care workers

The NDP’s healthcare plan will reduce wait lists and wait times for seniors and establish a minimum standard of care for long-term care residents.

“While my local opponents continue to throw mud, I want to tell people what we’re actually going to do to make life better” said Gates.

“Wait times for people who urgently need long-term care and are waiting in hospitals have increased by 270 percent since the Liberals came to office and the last PC government made deep cuts to health care and front-line staff. Together, they’ve swept problems in long-term care under the rug and refused to fix them,” said Gates.

“Our parents and grandparents deserve care that protects their safety, health and their dignity. Doug Ford has a plan to cut $6 billion from services like health care, and he has vowed to privatize as much as he can. That means seniors would wait longer or be forced to pay up for basic services. That’s the wrong approach,” explained Gates.

Across Ontario, there are more than 32,000 people waiting for long-term care. Niagara’s long-term care facilities are feeling the squeeze. For example, Upper Canada Lodge has 109 people on the waitlist, Meadows of Dorchester has 421 people on the waitlist, and Millennium Trail Manor has 240 people on the waitlist.

“We care deeply about the residents, but chronic under-funding means that we cannot provide the level of care that they deserve. It’s heartbreaking. We need to make long-term care a priority,” said Tara Marenchin, a Personal Support Worker with over 10 years experience in Long-Term Care homes.

Wayne Gates and Andrea Horwath are offering change for the better.

We will fund 15,000 more long-term care beds over the next five years — rising to 40,000 new beds by 2028. This commitment will help meet growing demand and reduce the wait lists and wait times for seniors who need long-term care.

We will also restore a legislated minimum standard of care for every long-term care resident and fund long-term care homes so they can meet it. That standard will require every long-term care home to give each resident a minimum of four hours of hands-on care every day, on average.

We will update Ontario’s Long Term Care Residents’ Bill of Rights to include the right of spouses not to be separated against their will. Couples who have spent their entire lives together should never be separated by a system that doesn’t work for them.

The NDP’s fully-costed Change for the Better platform can be found at ontariondp.ca/platform.

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