Promised "revolution" so much spinning of wheels
TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty has utterly failed Ontario's
seniors - specifically those living in long term care homes.
Today's Toronto Star reports that Dalton McGuinty says Ontario needs
minimum standards of care in nursing homes to ensure the "dignity and respect"
"We're consulting on those standards right now, and the kind of standards
that I want...(are) standards that recognize the dignity and respect that we
owe to our seniors," Dalton McGuinty said.
That sounds familiar. Where have we heard that before? Oh right. Dalton
McGuinty's 2003 election platform:
"We will build a Seniors Strategy that guarantees our seniors will be
treated with respect and dignity."
"We will: set high standards for our nursing homes and regularly
inspect them to make sure those standards are being met." ("The
Health Care We Need," page 10)
Dalton McGuinty's minister of health, George Smitherman, famously wept on
the front page of the Toronto Star in December 2003 and promised a
"revolution" in long term care.
Four years later, these promises haven't been kept and the debate appears
to be about whether or not a diaper that is 75% full is acceptable.
This is shameful.
Dalton McGuinty will try and tell you today that he's taking this
seriously but even the Long Term Care Act that it took his government four
years to write and pass is sitting unenforceable because Dalton McGuinty
refuses to have the legislation proclaimed into law.
Ontario's seniors deserve better than four more years of Dalton McGuinty.
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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760