EDMONTON, AB (August 24, 2012): Comments made by Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk on the government’s imminent closure of the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre reveal a pattern of dishonesty and mismanagement in protecting vulnerable seniors in Carmangay, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
At a rally on the steps of the Legislature to save the care centre, Lukaszuk shrugged off complaints about the detrimental impact the closure will have on the seniors being asked to move from concerned family members, saying “our seniors deserve to live in safe facilities.” However, the province has yet to reveal any documents or criteria revealing why the government decided to go ahead with the closure. The facility passed a building code inspection test in March of this year. “Health Minister Fred Horne and now Lukaszuk have shown that the government has completely mismanaged this file and as a result are leaving seniors at risk,” Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said. “Carmangay residents and their families deserve better than a government that is only out for themselves and not looking after the best interests of our seniors.” Families of the patients, most of whom suffer from dementia, say moving residents to other facilities, as AHS is planning to do, will put their lives at risk - a claim that has been substantiated by experts. Wildrose MLA for Little Bow Ian Donovan said that Lukaszuk’s comments yesterday expose how out of touch this government is with the concerns of people in southern Alberta. “It was nice of Deputy Premier Lukaszuk to come watch the rally, this was his time step up and show that he has some authority. However, this is just another example of failed PC Leadership,” Donovan said. “The province needs more long-term care nursing beds, shutting down the ones we already have is not in our best interest.”