Residents of the Second Street Rehabilitation Centre, located at the Cornwall General Hospital, are concerned about the prospect of the sale of the site and met with Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell.
“I want to hear all the perspectives on the matter and this meeting was an important step in gaining a better understanding of the underlying issues," said McDonell. "Most of the residents I talked to had waited some time before being placed at the Second Street site and they are worried about another move and the availability of another long term bed."
McDonell said the residents were pleased with they received at the former Cornwall General site.
"But they were getting worried about losing what they have when the 32 beds are lost," he said. "One lady told us that she had been waiting over two years to be moved into the same residence as her husband and still has no commitment on when this will happen. Clearly this is not the level of service our seniors deserve.”
McDonell chided the Liberal government for its lack of consultation on key issues.
“Over the past 10 years, the Liberal government has had the opportunity to consult with stakeholders, identify the region’s needs, design a comprehensive health-care plan to address them and release it for public scrutiny," said McDonell. "This was not done and now our residents are left to learn of important changes in the region’s healthcare landscape at the last minute."