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Ontario NDP leader to visit Peterborough to discuss ‘worsening long-term care crisis’

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, seen here in this May 14, 2018., file photo, will be visiting Peterborough on Friday to discuss long-term care beds. The Canadian Press file photo

Ontario NDP leader Andrew Horwath is visiting Peterborough on Friday to discuss long-term care bed issues in the city.

Horwath has scheduled a press conference just before noon at the Fairhaven Home, the municipally-run long-term care centre.

A release from Horwath’s office states she plans to discuss how the former Liberal government and current Conservative government have both let the waitlist for long-term care beds in Peterborough “balloon.”

READ MORE: Fairhaven long-term care facility in Peterborough to lose $204,000 in provincial funding

She also plans to address the government’s “failure” to build additional long-term care beds, saying the city faces a “worsening long-term care crisis.” 

Horwath also plans to make a “community stop” in downtown Peterborough just before 1 at the Whistle Stop Cafe on Charlotte Street. Howarth last visited the city in June to discuss the city’s opioid crisis.

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In early August, Global News Peterborough profiled Fairhaven, which at the time had 820 people on the wait list for a long-term care bed, representing an average wait time of 5.5 years. As well, St. Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care home in the city’s west end reported in August there were 600 people on a wait list which was equivalent to a wait time of 4-5 years for a basic bed.

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Up to five year wait for basic long-term care bed in Peterborough – Aug 10, 2019

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