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Standing up for Albertans: Wildrose would prioritize high need long-term care spaces across the province

FORT McMURRAY, AB (April 10, 2015): As part of Standing Up for Patient-Centred Seniors Care, the Wildrose would put an end to PC broken promises and prioritize high need seniors long-term care nursing spaces across the province, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean announced today.

“The Wildrose is dedicated to standing up for patient-centred seniors care, this means providing badly need space for seniors built near the services they need,” Jean said. “In Fort McMurray alone, I have seen five premiers break their promises to seniors for a long-term care facility at Willow Square.  Albertans deserve better. 

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Fort-McMurray-Conklin candidate was joined by Tany Yao to make the announcement in Fort McMurray. Willow Square has been promised for almost ten years, with only a promise for shovels to hit the ground by Spring 2016 in a location the community doesn’t want.

The Wildrose plan would reallocate funding for home care supported housing assisted living, long-term care facilities, and palliative care hospices to provide patient-friendly choices and needs-based alternatives to hospital care.

This means for communities facing growth pressures across the province, long-term care spaces would be prioritized under the Wildrose capital plan.  The added long-term care beds would relieve pressure and funding from crowded hospital ER rooms and acute care spaces.

“Whether it’s new schools, hospitals, or long-term care facilities, the PCs have a long track record of breaking promises for crucial facilities across the province,” Jean said. “Seniors are tired of the broken promises and expect new leadership that stands up for their priorities.”