Presents petition in the legislature
Cumberland South MLA and PC Party leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the province to locate more long-term care beds in Parrsboro.
PARRSBORO – Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie has presented a petition in the legislature calling for the construction of more long-term care beds in Parrsboro.
Baillie, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, tabled the petition, signed by more than 1,000 residents, on Wednesday.
“This government’s inaction on long-term care is leaving too many of our seniors without the care they deserve,” said Baillie. “Seniors and their families rightfully expect long-term care to be available when they need it.”
Baillie said Parrsboro was promised additional long-term care beds in 2006, but that project was cancelled by the NDP upon winning the 2009 provincial election.
The petition says the area has many seniors in need of residential and nursing care homes. It says many seniors are in hospital awaiting placement, and when beds are found they are in other counties – miles from family and friends.
The wait list for long-term care beds has grown to 2,250 people around the province. Baillie said that’s a 50 per cent increase in three years.