Vaughan MPP Stephen Del Duca and Health Minister Deb Matthews joined forces today to intentionally mislead seniors and people with disabilities, according to Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees.
The misleading statements were made during Question Period in an apparent response to questions raised last week by Klees concerning the cancellation of personal support services for the elderly and disabled. Klees challenged the Health Minister’s decision to cut the onsite 24/7 personal support services for individuals who would otherwise be confined to long term care facilities or hospital beds.
The services which have been provided by personal support workers through York Region’s Assisted Living Program will end on April 1st, leaving many vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities without the care that is now allowing them to live independently.
“In my many years in the legislature, I have never witnessed such a crass deception by a minister,” said Klees. “Both the MPP for Vaughan and the Minister of Health owe the seniors of this province an apology. They know that what they said in the legislature today was intended to mislead and misrepresent what is actually happening to our seniors.”
“The Minister stated that there will be no reduction in service when CHATS takes over from the ACL Program. That is simply not true, and it is insulting for seniors and people with disabilities to hear those words coming from the minister when they are being told the opposite by the new service providers.”
“Removing the onsite 24/7 care that personal support workers are now providing is not only cutting services, it will put lives at risk,” said Klees.
Click here for Hansard Transcript Hansard March 18 2014