Industry still awaiting Newfoundland and Labrador’s home care report

April 20, 2012

Two years after the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador held extensive public consultations on the state of home care, Health Minister Susan Sullivan has yet to release a report on the outcome of the information gathering, according to CBC News.

"I would anticipate in the near future we're going to see that report," Sullivan said, quoted by the news source. "To put an actual date on it will only mean that you are chasing me around on the day before that date to say, 'Is that report coming out tomorrow?'"

Among the people criticizing the tardiness of the report is Robert Sexty, chair of the board of Anglican Homes Incorporated. He was one of the industry stakeholders to make a presentation to the provincial government in 2010.

Although some areas are building new hospitals, Sexty argues that the goal should be to prevent people from needing care in these facilities in the first place.

The population of seniors is increasing all over Canada. The proportion of individuals aged 65 years and older in Newfoundland Labrador is expected to increase from 15 percent to 31 percent between 2010 and 2036, according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

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