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Union Upset Over Decision in Grey County

Grey County | by Vanessa Culbert  

OPSEU says they are going to keep fighting after council votes not to re-open LTC discussion

OPSEU is upset about a recent decision made by Grey County council.

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

The decision comes two weeks after a proposal that would add beds to Rockwood Terrace in Durham and keep Grey Gables in Markdale open.

The plan would save the county $1.2 million.

Now, the county will continue with their original plan from June of 2017 that would close the Markdale facility and build a new long term care home in Durham at a projected cost of $38-million.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says "We're not going to sit by and let these councillors waste more than a million dollars and force seniors to move farther away from their families where they'll get lower-quality care"

Thomas adds "We're going to make sure the next provincial health minister clears the stench by putting this scheme where it belongs: in the trash heap."

OPSEU First Vice-President / Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida says "It's like they took $1.2 million that belongs to Grey County residents and set it on fire"

Almeida says "People in Grey County deserve good-quality long-term care, and that's what we're going to keep fighting for."

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