Wilson asks Wynne Government to explain their failures in long-term carePublished on February 27, 2018
Today, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson joined his colleagues in questioning Kathleen Wynne’s government over their failure to provide adequate long-term care to seniors in his riding and across the province.
“My offices are flooded with inquiries from people seeking help either finding a bed in a long-term care home or accessing a personal support worker,” said Wilson.
Wilson went on to point out a recent example from his riding.
“One recent example is a 57 year old man suffering from Alzheimers. Right now he is sitting in a retirement home waiting for a bed in long-term care. His wife works full time. She is raising their six year old daughter. She is also juggling the $4,600 monthly cost of the retirement home along with her regular household expenses,” said Wilson.
Wilson’s colleagues all questioned the government on the same issue in an effort to illustrate the severity of the problem across the province.
In the afternoon the Interim PC Leader, MPP Vic Fedeli, forced debate on the issue through an opposition day motion. The text of the opposition day motion is below.
Mr. Fedeli — Whereas, the provincial seniors population is expected to almost double from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041; and Whereas, there are currently more than 32,000 seniors on the waiting list for a long-term care bed in Ontario; and Whereas, in the absence of increased capacity, the waitlist is predicted to reach almost 50,000 by 2021; and Whereas, the Liberal government continues to fail meeting the necessary capacity; Therefore, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls on the Liberal government to build 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 over 10 years.