QUEENS PARK – During a Question Period in which the PC Caucus focused exclusively on care for seniors, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller asked the Minister of Health and Long Term Care yesterday why an elderly resident of Restoule is being forced to wait six weeks for home care.
After describing the multiple health concerns of his constituent, Miller asked the Minister “Why is it so hard for this patient to get the care he desperately needs, Mr. Speaker? Why is it that, today in Ontario, there are not enough PSWs to provide vulnerable citizens with the homecare they need?”
Ontario has 32,000 people waiting for Long-Term Care. These individuals either end up in hospital beds or they require home care until they can get into long-term care facilities.
“While this Minister talks about having announced additional funding for home care, that doesn’t help my constituent and his family who are dealing with the stress of a long wait for home care,” said Miller.
With an election next June, the government has recently announced 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022 and another 30,000 beds over the next decade but they have been in power for 14 years and there are 32,000 seniors waiting for long-term care beds and more waiting for home care.
“We asked these questions to shine a light on the Wynne government’s record on long-term care and home care,” said Miller.
In total, the PC MPPs asked 14 questions about long-term care and home care wait lists.