PCs shoot down NDP motion for long-term care beds in GTA East

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The Ontario NDP’s motion calling for an additional 2,000 long-term beds to Scarborough, Whitby and Oshawa was shot down by the ruling PCs.

Making a case for these new long-term beds, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Central East Local Health Integration Network, which covers Scarborough, Whitby and Oshawa, has some of the longest wait lists in Ontario.

One in five people on waiting lists for long-term care in Ontario, or 20 per cent, are in the Central East LHIN.

Horwath had tabled a motion at the Ontario legislature on Monday to make the request for the beds in the 2019-2020 provincial budget. She said the motion called for a not-for-profit investment and it would mean construction of new facilities to house the beds.

Horwath accused the Doug Ford government of promising only a fraction of the beds required to meet growing needs and has warned of cuts across the board.

Horwath has been calling for a public inquiry into the state of long-term care in Ontario, saying thousands of additional long-term care beds are needed to get seniors the care they need.

Christine Elliott Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care pointed out that there are over 30,000 people waiting for long-term-care beds, and that the solution had to be innovative and cost-effective. – CINEWS

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