EDMONTON, AB (July 26, 2012): Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle is calling on Health Minister Fred Horne to apologize for forcing seniors to eat unhealthy and indigestible food at long-term care centres across the province for over two and a half years.
After pressure from the Wildrose Official Opposition and others, the government finally announced today that they would be ending the practice of serving precooked meals at over 73 seniors facilities across the province. Horne said at the time that the nutritional value of the menu was “sound” and that the variety and appeal factor “could use some work.” Here is an image as an example of some of the food that was being handed out to seniors at facilities like these. Towle said today is a victory for seniors and their families across Alberta who have endured years of being served such poor quality food. “If it wasn’t for the seniors and the strongest opposition the PC government has faced in years, this government would still be serving mush to some of our most vulnerable,” Towle said. “It is shocking that it took months of Wildrose and others flagging the issue before Minister Horne and his government even recognized this as a problem.” Towle went on to add that this has only fixed a small portion of the problems of food service in care facilities across the province and that there may still be other facilities across the province that need to follow suit. “We have heard there are many seniors across Alberta that are still being asked to eat this degrading food,” Towle said. “The government should follow up with their announcement today and investigate which other facilities in the province are serving this food and put an end to this practice.”