Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dear Dr. Redshaw: Thank you for you enquiry regarding our, “plans to restore adequate funding to Long-Term Care Facilities” Alberta Liberals have repeatedly called for an increase in funding for long-term care beds in order to both improve quality of care for our seniors and free up hospital bed space, and ensure that patients are receiving the right level of care in the right space at the right time. We believe more needs to be done to ensure adequately and appropriately staffed public long-term care facilities and spaces, including increased use of auxiliary hospitals. However, we are pleased to see that the Government of Alberta has committed to create 2,000 long-term care spaces. Now we need to ensure that monitoring of standards and enforcement occurs where standards are not met. Given that long-term care may not be the most appropriate level of care for all Albertans, we have also advocated for doubling the funding for public home care and community care. In addition, we view palliative home care and hospice care as the first choice, not an alternative to placement or hospitalization, and seek to improve the quality, consistency, accessibility of palliative home care/hospice care across the province. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further concerns. Sincerely, David Swann Dr. David Swann, MLA Calgary - Mountain View, Leader Alberta Liberal Opposition Tel: 403.216.5445 Fax: 403.216.5447 #102, 723 - 14 Street NW Calgary, AB. T2N 2A4

The following is the response from Dr. David Swann, Liberal Party interim leader, in relation to my inquiry sent to all party leaders regarding Long-Term Care funding.
Of all the party leaders it would appear that he is the only one who does not regard us the hoi polloi as being beneath their dignity to respond to us.
One comment regarding Dr. Swann's response. The Health Minister keeps promising 2000 beds. This is just propaganda. There is no way they can open these beds. Even if they did, the vulnerable souls in those beds would be subjected to the rapidly declining quality of care that now is taking place in the Long-Term Care Centres. All this as a result of the ineptitude of the Health Minister who treats these vulnerable souls as disposable, discardable liabilities not worth spending money on.
Perhaps it is time to give the Liberals a chance. The PC's failed us. The Wildrose is untrustworthy and the NDP is living in fantasyland and we are paying big bucks and going into major debt to be entertained by them.
What do you think people?
Dear Dr. Redshaw:
Thank you for you enquiry regarding our, “plans to restore adequate funding to Long-Term Care Facilities”
Alberta Liberals have repeatedly called for an increase in funding for long-term care beds in order to both improve quality of care for our seniors and free up hospital bed space, and ensure that patients are receiving the right level of care in the right space at the right time. We believe more needs to be done to ensure adequately and appropriately staffed public long-term care facilities and spaces, including increased use of auxiliary hospitals. However, we are pleased to see that the Government of Alberta has committed to create 2,000 long-term care spaces.
Now we need to ensure that monitoring of standards and enforcement occurs where standards are not met.
Given that long-term care may not be the most appropriate level of care for all Albertans, we have also advocated for doubling the funding for public home care and community care. In addition, we
view palliative home care and hospice care as the first choice, not an alternative to placement or hospitalization, and seek to improve the quality, consistency, accessibility of palliative home care/hospice care across the province.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further concerns.
Sincerely,
David Swann
Dr. David Swann, MLA Calgary - Mountain View, Leader
Alberta Liberal Opposition
Tel: 403.216.5445 Fax: 403.216.5447
#102, 723 - 14 Street NW Calgary, AB. T2N 2A4

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Julie Ali Dr. Swann provides an intelligent response. Being a medical doctor he has also indicated other ways for service delivery such as home care and community care where funding has been provided by the FEDERAL government in targeted disbursement recently. Then he also mentions standards and enforcement monitoring which has been an oxymoron business with the PCs and continues as such with the NDP. As the only person to respond from any of the political parties this indicates to all concerned that the Liberal Party of Alberta is the only party interested in seniors issues. What the heck?
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