REGINA—Saskatchewan New Democrats unanimously approved a solidarity motion with the people of Ukraine, as well as all Saskatchewan people with friends and family in the region at Provincial Council on February 26, 2022.
Health and seniors care in Lloydminster desperate for improvement, says NDP
The NDP is calling on the government to fix and keep open the Dr. Cooke Extended Health Centre in Lloydminster.
The government is planning to tear down a wing of the Dr. Cooke seniors care home, taking away 55 beds. This, despite the fact that the city is facing a shortage of seniors care options and spaces, causing ripple effects throughout the system including at the Lloydminster Hospital.
“Seniors are stuck in acute care beds at the hospital, waiting for an appropriate place to live to open up. They’re being stuck in the dementia unit when their mind and memory is clear because the right space isn’t available. Can you imagine your grandma living that way and being treated that way?” asked Danielle Chartier, NDP Health critic. Chartier also pointed out that Lloydminster has far too few supports to keep seniors in their own homes longer.
“This government is putting the time and money into consultants, its Lean pet project and too many senior managers rather than investing in the facilities, workers and front-line care Saskatchewan families need and deserve,” she said.
Repairing the entire Dr. Cooke seniors care home would cost $9.9 million, according an audit by Vanderweil Facility Assessors Canada. The facilities audit revealed that this government has allowed health facilities to become run down throughout the province, more than doubling the infrastructure deficit – the cost of necessary repairs – to $2.2 billion in just seven years.
The NDP MLAs have been holding a fall planning session in Lloydminster, which will wrap up Friday.
REGINA—The Saskatchewan New Democrats set the rules and timing for a leadership contest at Provincial Council on February 26th. The new leader will be elected at a leadership convention in Regina in late June, 2022.
All Saskatchewan New Democratic Party members in good standing will be eligible to vote online or by mail-in ballot.
Standing with New Democratic Party candidate Melissa Patterson in Moose Jaw Wakamow today, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called on voters in his hometown to reject Scott Moe’s plan for dangerous cuts during a pandemic.