GOVERNMENT IS FAILING TO ACT
- Problems in long-term care are systemic, they require major political commitment to change and improve the system
- The long-term care inspection process is inadequate, inspections should be random rather than scheduled
- Inspection reports are not followed up, coroner recommendations are not implemented
- Flawed funding model is based on two-year old data
- Behaviours/complexity of needs are not taken into account in determining funding levels
Two specific questions were asked at the Seniors' Care Townhall, and the answers are provided below:
- What are the amounts spent by the government on long-term care vs home care, and what is the total health care budget?
In 2015-2016, the total health care budget was $50.8 billion. Of this, $3.97 billion was spent on long-term care, which represents 7.8% of the health care budget, and $2.5 billion was spent on all home care (not just home care for seniors), which represents 4.9% of the health care budget.
- What are the plans for the now-closed Regional Mental Health Centre on Sunset Drive in St. Thomas?
I was told that no decision has yet been made regarding this site. The government, through Infrastructure Ontario (IO), is in the process of undertaking the necessary due diligence, including preparation for future activities which may include archeological and heritage studies. Once that process is complete, IO will determine the level of interest from other governments and non-profit groups.
Finally, you may be aware of the proposed transfer of 46 long-term care beds out of Meadow Park Care Centre in London to Southampton and Chatham, which was announced earlier this week. At a time when there are 33 people on the Meadow Park wait list and an average wait time of 293 days, my colleague MPP Teresa Armstrong issued a statement asking why beds are being taken out of London instead of being added. She repeated the call for a public inquiry into seniors care homes, to shine a light on the problems and take action to fix them.
I hope this information is useful to you. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions!
Peggy Sattler, MPP