Minister Has The Final Say on Chesley RCU

Queen’s Park- Today, MPP for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson, MPP for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound Bill Walker and the CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) Paul Rosebush met at Queen’s Park with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care officials to discuss the impending closure of Chesley Restorative Care Unit (RCU).

The Chesley RCU is a 10 bed unit built to help patients regain their independence after the acute phase of an illness, with the expectation that they are able to return home.  Currently, the unit is scheduled to close at the end of the month due to a lack of funding.

“The number of seniors is set to double in the next 16 years and we need to ensure critical resources are available to assist those who wish to remain at home and guarantee they have access to the best care possible,” said Walker.

“The Ministry expressed interest in looking at maintaining service, but MPP Walker and I were clear the SBGHC and the Board have already put their best effort forward. Everyone agreed there is more work to be done but now it is time for Minister Hoskins and the Southwest LHINs to do their part,” said Thompson.

“My suggestion to the minister’s staff today was that they should embrace the Chesley RCU model and the Minister direct the LHIN to find resources to keep it open. Surely they have the ability to repurpose some of their non-patient funds to the RCU in an effort to ensure that people receive this care where they need it and when they need it, and this valuable program remain available in our region,” said Walker.

“On one hand this government says they wants patients to stay at home for as long as possible, on the other they won’t commit to the necessary funding to keep Chelsey RCU open,” Thompson explained, “It now lays in the Ministers hands and I sincerely hope he does the right thing and whatever possible to keep this program available,” concluded Thompson.


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