On Wednesday April 14 in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health about home care and the need for improvements to the system, in particular with reference to a woman who is desparately in need of home care but is not able to get it. My question and the Minister's response are below.
Home-Care Services - Constituent Case Concern
Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Madam Speaker, last week, the Minister of Health asked me to write to her with personal concerns which are brought to me.
My question today is about a person who's very disabled and needs home care. The concern is so serious I have written five times to the minister during the last several weeks, yet there has been no action. Since March 26, she's been suffering and unable even to have a bath because she's been without the home care she so desperately needs. This woman has written to the Ombudsman, has filed a human rights appeal.
When will the minister make sure Manitoba's home-care system is working properly so this woman can get the home care she needs?
Hon. Heather Stefanson (Minister of Health and Seniors Care): Certainly we are aware of the issue, and I know that I've asked our department to look into this and work with this individual to ensure that she gets the home care that she needs.
We want to ensure that all Manitobans get the appropriate care that they need in their homes, in their communities and wherever they live, Madam Speaker. And I know that our officials will work diligently with this individual to ensure that the situation is rectified.