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The province is working on addressing the shortage of long-term care beds. David Jensen at the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care says they hope to have a plan for the Sioux Lookout area by the end of the March.

Queen's Park is looking to add 5,000 beds within five years, and another 30,000 beds within 10 years. The Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre submitted their proposal three years ago, in 2014, but the province says no new licences are available.

As a result, Kenora - Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says residents of isolated communities in the Far North are being sent to Thunder Bay and Fort Frances. The member noted the absence of resources means dementia patients in the area can face a four-year wait in a hospital bed. The member added 40 residents of the area have been moved to Thunder Bay, due to a shortage of beds.

The issue becomes more important in the district, as hospital beds are full in Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout. With flu season upon us, administrators are looking to find more room, and more long-term care beds would help clear space for new admissions in the district's hospitals.

For more information:

Ministry's statement

Overcrowding in the region

KDSB looks at long-term care beds

Sioux Lookout mayor makes the case for more long-term care

More long-term care beds needed

Leney discusses seniors, long-term care

 

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