In June 2016 Vancouver Coastal Health Care announced its intention to close Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe and replace them with a private, for-profit facility owned by Trellis Senior Services. In a remarkable show of opposition, the people of the Sunshine Coast made clear that we will not accept privatization of long-term care in our community.
Despite coming to office on a commitment to safeguard public care, the NDP have done little to distance themselves from their Liberal predecessors. Local stakeholders are still shut out of the decision-making process and the Ministry of Health continues to negotiate with VCH and Trellis for the construction of a new, private-public partnership (P3) facility. Our position is clear: P3 is only another name for privatization. Any attempt to turn public long-term care over to private, for-profit ownership is a betrayal of our community. We urgently ask that our supporters write Mr. Horgan, Mr. Dix and Mr. Simons, demanding that their government renounce for-profit ownership and begin a meaningful process of community engagement on the future of long-term care.
Thank you for helping to keep this issue front and centre.
Chair- Protect Public Health Care – Sunshine Coast
Premier John Horgan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health: Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca
Nicholas Simons: Nicholas.Simons.MLA@leg.bc.ca
Coast Reporter: email@example.com
The Local: firstname.lastname@example.org