QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says that without a Capacity Plan for long-term care, the Liberal government cannot be trusted to deliver the promised beds.
Earlier this month, and on the eve of an election, the health minister announced 5,000 new long-term-care beds by 2022, and another 30,000 beds over the next decade.
MPP Walker says that announcement was meant to change the channel and hide the Liberals’ record on long-term care.
“They’ve waitlisted 32,000 seniors. In just a few years, there will be 50,000 in the queue. It’s a sordid record that may make aging in Ontario a source of national shame,” he said in today’s Question Period at Queen’s Park.
MPP Walker said in spite of promises from the Premier just two years ago to release details about where the beds will go, the capacity plan for long-term care remains a phantom plan.
“We don’t think it’s fair that seniors have to wait even longer to find out when and where in Ontario the needed beds will be built,” he said. “Without these details, the Liberal plan lacks confidence that these beds will ever get done.”
MPP Walker said the announcement could be yet another broken promise to seniors, similar to the Liberals’ broken promise from 2007 that they would redevelop 35,000 outdated nursing beds. Only about a third of the promised beds have been completed to-date.
“It’s a little bit concerning that six months before an election, the government says it’s now going to miraculously build all these beds, in spite of failing to deliver them over their last 14 years in power.”