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Concerns linger over home care

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Dear editor,

We have discovered that home care is stretched so thin that people will now face cuts to care or longer waits.

The provincial government is dropping the ball on the basics in health care while it focuses on the Lean experiment – a pet project costing taxpayers more than $40 million on one consultant alone.

The government is dismissing the home care problem, and they say the lack of available care is a short-term issue, but also admitted to moving patients out of hospitals sooner. If that’s the case, the increased need for home care, a valuable part of our health care system, won’t be a short surge.

More seniors will leave the hospital early and need help to continue to live at home, and more patients will need support to be at home instead of in the hospital after surgery, illness or injury.

Seniors care is in crisis in Saskatchewan as an epidemic of short-staffing, no baseline standards and low quality goes untreated. The government has said improved home care for seniors is the solution – and I agree home care is an important part of the solution – but the reality is the government is both failing to address the seniors care crisis and allowing home care to suffer cuts.

We all know that money and countless trips to the emergency room can be saved by improving home care, but it seems the government would rather cut corners and try to lean out the things that matter in health care.

 

Cam Broten

Leader of the Official Opposition

 


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