Government all talk, no action on chronic disease: Michael

NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had faint praise for the provincial Conservative’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Strategy, released today in St. John’s. She observed that the Strategy is a good policy framework, but does not include an action plan with concrete goals and timelines.

“The strategy says many of the right things,” said Michael, “but in terms of providing real help to real people, it is yet another example of this government’s falling short of doing what needs to be done.”

The only concrete commitment made in the 24 pages of the document is to the funding of workshops to educate people with chronic diseases about diet, lifestyle, and other factors. “This is completely unacceptable,” said Michael.

“We know, for example, that primary health care teams in community health centres are the most effective way to deliver chronic disease management and prevention programs. There is no promise of new money in the 2012 budget for regional health authorities to fund primary health care teams.

“People with diabetes, for example, need access to glucose testing strips and insulin pumps, not more nice talk,” she added. “People with any illness need practical measures. This government, sadly, is fond of strategizing and planning, but not big on action.”

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