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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Long Term Care Plan on Hold

Bruce County | by John┬áDivinski  

Money initially meant for a new Long Term Care facility is being spent elsewhere.

The plan was to put aside one per cent of the levy in Bruce County that comes in each year.

That means in 2011 it would have been about 340 thousand dollars.

However, that is not going to happen.

The money was going to be saved for the eventual construction of a Long Term Care facility in the county.

The problem is the Local Health Integration Network people say they won't even consider more beds for the county for at least 15 years.

Warden Mike Smith says he can't see putting away money for something that doesn't appear to be happening when that money could be better used elsewhere.

Kincardine Deputy Mayor, Anne Eadie, says the need is now so the planning should be now.

Eadie says the waiting lists are getting longer every day.

She says people are being sent home from hospital, still sick and requiring intensive care which becomes too much of a burden on the care-giver.

Eadie says the LHIN people should be invited up to the area to explain their new health plan.

Bruce County currently has two long term care facilities, in Walkerton and in Wiarton.


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