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Lobby Province for hospice funding
to the editor,
October 24, 2013
I commend Frank and Sally Taylor and the strong board of
directors at Matthews House Hospice that have supported the cause of
dying in dignity and surrounded by your loved ones. It would be my
personal choice as I suspect it would be for many of the members of the
It would be prudent if the Central LHIN were to fund beds that
are open and funded by Central LHIN from the funding already
approved for the Southlake Hospice. Further funds should be secured on
or before Southlake comes on line. This planned 10-bed residential
hospice is expected to open in the fall of 2015.
Ward 8 councillor JIm Stone has made many appeals to council
over the years for similar causes. He introduced us at the last Council
meeting to the need of the Town to prepare a Seniors' Policy to be
submitted before the end of current term of council.
What is going to have to drop out of the 2014 Town Budget in order to
fit in the $30,000 to facilitate the request from Matthews House, which
is a very worthwhile endeavour?
What is the social fabric of our community going to feel about
such an endeavour? We have a continuing obligation to the Gibson
Culture Centre for which the Town provided the start-up $1 million. In
addition, we have funding drives under way for the Banting House,
Stevenson Memorial Hospital, all big-ticket items and all deserving of
this Town's support.
Is there room in the pockets of the residents of New Tecumseth to
support areas of social and medical facilities and programs of our Town
and to fit in another additional $30,000 in the Funding and Donations
Budget? Have the economics of our Town grown so exponentially without
us noticing it? That somewhere in the vaults of Wellington Street there
is a treasure chest over flowing with gold ducats?
I would suggest that if we, and the diligent people of Matthews House
wait for additional funding from the Central LHIN then the Premier
would have to do a lot of tap dancing if she is to come up with the
funding for hospices out of the health budget. Cataract and glaucoma
procedures are either limited or out of funds so where lies hope for
this long-term support?
I might be so bold as to suggest that the services of a
hospice are not totally medical care as in a hospital. Perhaps funding
hospices should be funded through the Ministry of Social Services and
our county social services.
My recommendation is for New Tecumseth council to appeal to
Queen's Park and to circulate this appeal to all of the Ontario
municipalities. As well, I would recommend that our mayor arrange
another meeting with Premier Wynne and her cabinet including a
deputation of local municipal governments and supported by the staff of
all three municipal associations that our town supports.
'We are as mad as hell and we cannot stand it anymore' and strongly
lobby and confront Premier Wynne, her Cabinet and Government with the
needs of hospice funding, a crucial social service that exists
throughout the Province of Ontario.