“We have approximately 4,000 names on the petition,” said Town of Grand Falls-Windsor Councillor Mike Browne.
Pressed by an aging population, long-term care beds are in short supply in the province, and Grand Falls-Windsor in particular. The result has been extended stays in hospitals for seniors waiting on another facility. When the move does come, those requiring Level 3 health care (which includes 24-hour care and monitoring) have no guarantee where they will be placed.
“Basically, they are breaking up families,” said Browne, one of the men involved in the petition effort during an interview with the Advertiser in May. “We’ve got people dying on their own, and some of these people have never been out of Grand Falls-Windsor in their lives.”
Browne noted that a public meeting on July 5 (7 p.m. at the Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Hall) is meant to be an opportunity for locals to state their opinions on the issue.
He hopes that the selection of a board of directors that night will help formalize the effort.
Browne added that organizers hope to have provincial government representation at the meeting to present the petition.