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Will invest $7.5 million to build 30 PCH beds in multiple communities, including Eriksdale, Arborg and Ashern
Manitoba’s health care system faces a significant challenge because Greg Selinger and the NDP have failed to prepare for the growth of Manitoba’s aging population. The Interlake region in particular faces a serious challenge in the years ahead as a shortage of personal care home beds puts pressure on families and communities in the region. To help address this challenge, a McFadyen government will invest $7.5 million to build 30 beds in the Interlake health region, including beds in Eriksdale, Arborg and Ashern.
“A number of experts have been noting the trend of an aging population for over a decade, but for over a decade we’ve had an NDP government that doesn’t listen to experts,” says Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen. “Communities and families in the Interlake region have been dealing with this record of NDP neglect for years. Our plan will start to undo the damage, building new personal care home beds in the Interlake and bringing healthier communities to an area the NDP have taken for granted for twelve years.”
In February of 2011 the NDP government promised $200 million to build personal care home beds but had no plan for how the funding would be allocated. A McFadyen government will actually keep this promise to add new personal care home beds to our long-term care system, and would fund this commitment from these funds.
“I am very excited to see Hugh McFadyen has the vision needed to make the investment in personal care home beds that Interlake families are counting on,” says Julie Bergner, community organizer for the Lakeshore Hospital Guild. “For years we have been trying to get the attention of the NDP government and we have been ignored. Hugh McFadyen understands our concerns and is ready to move ahead.”
“Improving our health care system will take time, but these are positive steps that will get things going in the right direction,” adds McFadyen. “After twelve years of the NDP we are the violent crime capital. After twelve years of broken promises, we still have hallway medicine. Now the NDP are desperately seeking sixteen straight years. Manitobans are telling us it’s time for change. Vote Progressive Conservative and we will deliver a stronger, safer Manitoba.”
For more information, please contact:Rebekah Swistun, Communications Officer Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party Office: 318-2111 Mobile: 230-4598 Email: [email protected]