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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grey County Back To Original LTC Plan

Grey County | by Vanessa Culbert  

Council votes to not re-open discussion on the sale and amalgamation of long term care homes.

Grey County is back to their original plan when it comes to long term care homes.

A plan was proposed two weeks ago that would add 28 beds to the existing 100 beds at Rockwood terrace in Durham and would keep Grey Gables, the 66 bed home in Markdale open.

The plan would also save the county money.

However, County council on Thursday voted against re-opening the discussion about the sale and amalgamation of long term care homes.

Now, they are back to their original plan from June 2017 that would close the Markdale facility and build a new amalgamated home in Durham at a projected cost of $38-million.

Director of Long Term Care, Lynne Johnson, says staff will continue on their path set last year.

Johnson says the upcoming provincial election may slow approvals down, but county staff can still work away on their end.

Markdale resident Darrin Patey calls the decision "shameful" and did not expect the outcome, again.

He adds, council wont even consider talking about the new plan.

The ministry has previously said they are not prepared to approve any plans that are controversial.

Patey says they are prepared to create more controversy.

He adds, apparently they have not stomped and screamed loud enough yet.

Patey tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he was expecting a different outcome, considering the numbers were coming from county staff.

Mayor of Grey Highlands Paul McQueen says they should be reconsidering their decision now that they know three provincials parties have committed to adding more LTC beds in the long term.

McQueen says two weeks ago there was a very was optimistic feeling in the room.

He says " it is almost like something has changed in those two weeks. I certainly didn't get the memo. I am not sure where the memo went"

McQueen calls the plan that would keep Grey Gables open and save money a "win win"


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