Michael questions staffing at long-term care facility
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know the status of resident care at a new facility in her district. The new longterm care facility, which replaced the former Hoyles-Escasoni complex, opened in September of last year.
Many beds remained unoccupied due to staff shortages and there have been several reports about the amount of care residents of the facility have received. Michael brought those concerns to Question Period at the House of Assembly today.
“In the last few weeks we have seen in the media and heard from constituents about problems with the care of residents at the new St. John’s long-term care facility,” she said. “We are hearing about residents being bedridden or not receiving adequate personal care due to lack of staff and supplies.
“I ask the Minister, is his Department doing a study of all the staffing needs at this facility? Can the Minister tell us if all staff vacancies are filled now? Can the Minister tell us if all the beds are now filled?”
Michael repeatedly hears reports of patients left in hallways at hospitals because there are no beds available. A significant contributory factor to the shortage of hospital beds is due to the beds being occupied by patients waiting for admission to a long-term care facility.
“What is the current wait list for long-term care under Eastern Health?” she wants to know.