The people of Shelburne deserve access to safe housing close to home in their later years. Yesterday’s budget made no mention of them or Roseway Manor.
The MLA for Queens-Shelburne, Kim Masland, is again demanding the Liberal government honour their commitment and replace the manor in Shelburne.
“This government made Nova Scotians think that they are taking long-term care seriously,” says Masland. “After yesterday’s budget, we know that’s not the case.”
The manor has been the subject of political lip service from the Liberals since December 2014. Former Health Minister Leo Glavine told reporters that his government would honour the previous commitment of the NDP government to replace Roseway Manor with plans to begin in 2015. That never happened.
During a campaign stop in Shelburne for the 2017 election, Premier McNeil committed to starting the process of replacing Roseway Manor immediately. Yesterday, the current Minister of Health, Zach Churchill, said he hadn’t been briefed on the state of the manor yet.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t even hide it. The Minister, whose constituency is close to the facility, should be aware of Roseway and what his government has promised over the years,” says Masland. “I have visited the manor many times. I can’t praise the staff enough. They are doing everything they can given the circumstances, but the building is failing them.
“Does the Minister believe it’s appropriate for buckets to be catching water from leaks all across a facility that was supposed to be replaced seven years ago?”
Masland’s colleague, MLA for Argyle-Barrington, Colton LeBlanc, shares a constituency border with Shelburne. LeBlanc agrees that the conditions at the manor are absolutely inappropriate.
“Like my colleague raised in the House, there are four residents sharing one bathroom. This is not okay,” says LeBlanc. “It’s unbelievable that the Minister hasn’t been briefed on the dire situation of Roseway Manor. Residents, family and staff, have been promised a new facility. Investing in our long-term care facilities is not a priority for the Liberals.”
The PC Caucus released a fully-costed, comprehensive long-term care plan in July of last year that would see Nova Scotia build approximately 2,500 new single-bed rooms, hire 2,000 additional staff and increase the minimum hours of care per resident to 4.1.