PC neglect puts Edmonton seniors at risk

EDMONTON– NDP Leader Rachel Notley released new documents today showing nearly $90 million dollars of necessary maintenance at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre.

“Alberta’s seniors and palliative care patients deserve the highest quality of care but this government is not doing its job to provide that. Instead it has neglected important repairs at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre for years, risking the safety and security of residents,” said Notley.

The internal AHS documents show 41 projects that were scheduled to be completed between 2011 and 2014, but weren’t. The projects include a replacement of the nurse call system, replacement of boilers, sprinkler installation, fire separation upgrades and mould and asbestos removal.

“The move to long-term care and especially palliative care is a tough decision for any family. The last thing they should have to be thinking about is whether the facility where their loved one will live is safe. But with their neglect of this facility and countless others around the province, that’s the position the PCs have put Alberta families in,” Notley said.
The documents also detail over $45 million dollars in replacements that will be needed over the next 3 years.

“The PCs have failed to maintain this facility in the good years and it’s the patients and clients living there who will suffer. We need a government that is willing to make seniors a priority by doing the work when it’s needed.”