Queen’s Park: Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees called on the Minister of Health to rescind its decision to drastically cut personal support services for seniors.
”When the Minister announced the government’s Assisted Living for High Risk Seniors policy, she did no tell us is that up to 80% of current applicants would not qualify for any services under the new rules” said Klees during today’s Question Period. “Seniors who are now getting personal support services on site in their seniors buildings, will be cut off from those services.”
The Minister defended her government’s new policy, insisting that services were actually being expanded. In response, Klees referred to a memorandum dated June 19, 2013, issued by the Community and Health Services Department of York Region which warned that more than 80% of current applicants for personal support services would not qualify under the new rules.
“The Minister may be able to misrepresent the facts in the legislature because she has parliamentary privilege” said Klees, “but seniors and their families know the facts and they will hold the Minister and her government accountable.”
“This is the same Minister under whose watch billions of previous healthcare dollars were wasted and lives were put at risk through the e-Health and Ornge scandals and now wants to make up for those wasted dollars by cutting back on essential services for seniors” said Klees.
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See also the Frankly Speaking Article Feb 26 2014 – Stop Rationing Care for Seniors
HELP SAVE OUR SENIORS Planning and Consultation Meeting March 15 2014 ay 165 Pony Dr Newmarket CUPE 905 encourages all residents and their families to attend this meeting to hear about the imminent changes to York Regions (ACL) Program Details Frank Klees, MPP is attending