The Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria) condemns the the B.C. government's long-term care and assisted-living strategy.
In short the reports says the strategy was poorly planned, unrealistic, and designed to cut costs. You can read the report or a summary here.
Earlier this week we learned that the Interior Health Region was down 333 care beds from 2001 when the Liberals came into Government. Seems the strategy has been a failure across the province. So much for the promise of 5000 beds. The Liberal Finance Minister formally the Health Minister and current light weight minister Sindi Hawkins (Hawkins was Minister responsible for Health Planning for the first 2.5 years of the Liberal government) repeatedly denied they were behind schedule and promised again and again, the government was on track to complete the 5000 new beds by this year.
People became concerned when government ministers could not provide numbers as to how many new care beds had been added. Only with a concerted effort this past week during question period by the opposition did new Health Minister Shirley Bond admit that they will not meet their goal and that only 173 additional beds were added. That could be incorrect as well, we will see. Broken Promise 5000 - more to come in the days ahead.
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