EDMONTON, AB (May 3, 2012): The Redford PCs continue to come up short for seniors and Albertans on long term care beds and key surgery wait time lists according to the most recent performance report released by Alberta Health Services (AHS) today. The report shows that there are almost 1,500 seniors still on waiting lists for long term care beds across the province, of those 1,500, 489 are in acute care beds waiting for long term nursing beds.
“Seniors deserve action from their government, instead of a government that continues to sit on its hands and fails to provide real solutions,” Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said. “The proper investment needs to be made into long term care so our seniors are not asked to continue to wait in expensive and uncomfortable hospital rooms without getting the treatment they need.” On key wait time lists, the government is failing to meet many of their meager wait time targets. Progress on hip and knee replacement surgeries remains stagnant while the benchmark to have patients admitted within 8 hours upon arriving at an ER continues to fall short. Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth criticized the government for holding back this release until after the most recent election and said it reflects the PC government’s failure to respond to urgent needs and reforms that are needed in our health care system. “The lack of leadership on health care and lack of consultation with our health professionals by this government continues to produce unsatisfactory results,” Forsyth said. “It’s time for this government to realize there is a problem with our health system and put forward some meaningful solutions.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.