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VIDEO: Wilson demands long-term care beds for Simcoe-Grey

(November 21, 2017) – MPP Jim Wilson’s private members resolution calling on the provincial government to create more long-term care beds for local seniors was passed unanimously by all parties in the Ontario Legislature last Thursday.


Wilson said it is time for Simcoe-Grey to get more long-term care beds to reduce wait lists and he was pleased with the support from the other parties for his resolution.


“I did this because I want make sure my riding receives its fair share of the 5,000 beds the government recently announced,” he said. “It’s obvious the other parties realize long-term care is a major issue and more needs to be done.”


Wilson said the lack of available long-term care beds in the Simcoe-Grey is something his offices deal with on a regular basis.


“There is a growing need for long-term care services and not enough beds to meet these demands,” Wilson said. “Our population is aging. The wait list for beds has increased to 32,000 and there are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. The government can’t ignore this issue anymore.”


Wilson said waiting lists at local long-term care facilities continue to grow and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston are regularly admitting long-term care patients who can’t find a bed. Wilson said the Liberal government has done virtually nothing to fix the situation during its years in power.


“What has the government done to alleviate this issue in Simcoe-Grey? Since 2003, my riding has received a total of 18 new beds,” he said. “Just 18 beds since 2003, what more evidence do we need that more can be done?”


Wilson said the Liberal government’s recent announcement that it plans to create 5,000 new beds over four years and 30,000 beds over ten years is not nearly enough to solve the problem. The current waiting list across the province is 32,000 and is forecasted to grow to 50,000 by 2021.


Wilson thanked all parties in the Legislature for their support of his resolution and noted it is just the beginning of the process.


“Passing my resolution is just the first step. Now the government must act. This issue is not going away and needs to be addressed,” said Wilson.




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