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Care being reduced, says NDP

The NDP says a leaked document shows the Alberta government is quietlyreducing long-term care even though the waiting list for these beds hastripled.

The NDP says a leaked document shows the Alberta government is quietly reducing long-term care even though the waiting list for these beds has tripled.

The New Democrats say seniors who need a high level of care will end up in crowded hospitals because nursing care costs extra in assisted living facilities.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says the government is planning to increase fees for assisted living to make it more attractive for developers, but more costly for seniors.

Mason says the leaked planning document flies in the face of a promise that Premier Ed Stelmach made to increase long-term care beds. Mason calls this the worst deception he’s seen in his career, adding that seniors are being used as pawns.

 
 
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