Long-term care

NDP Health & Community Services Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says there are still major problems with the staffing levels at the St. John’s Long-Term Care Facility.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says residents of long-term care homes regularly face long waits for meals because there are not enough staff to help them eat. One woman, a daughter of a resident of the new St.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says last Thursday’s report from the province’s Auditor General confirms the complaints she has been hearing for months from family members and friends of people in the new long-term care facility that was built to replace the Hoyles-Escasoni Complex.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government is wrong to point fingers at health care workers as it tries to make excuses for the staffing problems at the new St. John’s Long-Term Care facility. Eastern Health has been unable to identify enough workers to open all the beds in the new building, and has placed some patients in a privately-owned facility.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says it is inexcusable for government to use its own lack of oversight and policy to justify privatizing the care of some of the province’s most vulnerable people.

 
NDP Health & Community Services Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says it is incredible that the new long-term care facility in St. John’s still has 29 empty beds at a time when there is desperate need – and unforgiveable that plans were not made for appropriate staffing.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continued her questioning on the government’s plan to bring the private sector into long-term care in the province. Michael says public-private partnerships have been repeatedly shown to cost more in other provinces, while at the same time drastically – sometimes dangerously – lowering the standard of resident care.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know more – a lot more – about government’s decision to enter the world of public-private partnerships, essentially privatizing the care of seniors.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

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.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) used her portion of Question Period in the House of Assembly today to point out to government that the reported shortage of local licensed practical nurses (necessitating the hiring of LPNs from Jamaica) is actually the direct result of healthcare policies.

 

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