Opinion

B.C. government not reflecting her values about liquor

Dear editor,

B.C. Justice Minister Susan Anton stated on the news last week that because of the "keen interest" of the public, she had "significant motivation" as a minister to move on the changes proposed in the new BC Liquor Act.

I wonder why B.C. Minister of Health Terry Lake is not motivated by the same keen public interest to see Ombudsperson Kim Carter's report on seniors' care acted on.

The report was released two years ago and communities across B.C. organized public events to learn about Carter's findings.

The 176 recommendations address issues of fairness, access and quality in B.C.'s home support, assisted living and residential care systems. To date, only six per cent of the recommendations have been fully implemented and 66 per cent ignored completely.

The Ministry of Health is not providing a clear and accessible annual report on the funding allocated and spent on home and community care in each health authority. The Ministry is not adequately monitoring quality in any of their home and community care programs.

There are still no binding requirements in areas such as staffing levels, bathing frequency, food quality and nutrition or assistance with activities of daily living.

There is currently no way to determine the additional costs of keeping people in hospital who require residential care services.

The provincial government is not reflecting my values when increasing the availability of alcohol in grocery stores takes precedence over improving the quality of care of our seniors.

Kathie Woodley,

Courtenay

 

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