Petition confirms Yukon Liberals will cancel continuing care project if elected

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 9, 2016

Petition confirms Yukon Liberals will cancel continuing care project if elected

  • Yukon Liberals circulating petition to stop work on project
  • Denials demonstrated to be damage control and electioneering

 

WHITEHORSE—A petition demanding that Yukon government stop work on the continuing care facility is being circulated by the Yukon Liberals. The petition demonstrates that if elected the Yukon Liberal Party wants to, and is actively seeking ways to, cancel the continuing care project.

“We have always believed that the Yukon Liberal Party would cancel the Whistle Bend continuing care facility,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “The Liberal leader has articulated his desire to build smaller facilities throughout the territory, which would bankrupt our healthcare system, and the Liberal candidate in Whitehorse Centre has made stopping the work a centerpiece of her campaign.”

The Liberals have previously asked Yukoners to follow the example of the Alberta government, which cancelled a continuing care facility after getting elected. That cancellation cost Alberta taxpayers millions of dollars and is expected to massively delay the project completion date.

“We continue to hear from Yukoners, family members and health professionals that these continuing care beds are urgently needed,” Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon said. “The Liberals should explain to those families why they would further delay giving their loved ones the care they need.”

Dozens of Yukoners are currently on the waitlist for continuing care beds, and others occupy beds in Whitehorse General Hospital that could be used for other services. The Whistle Bend continuing care beds are estimated to cost $500 per day per bed, while hospital beds being used for the same purpose cost $2400 per day per bed.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca