Provincial bureaucrats invited to tour nursing homes

GUYSBOROUGH: The warden wants to take a provincial representative for a walk-through of  local nursing homes.

During a nursing home board report to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Warden Vernon Pitts said he wants to invite Erin Smiley, a health care consultant with the provincial government, to show her some of the issues facing local nursing homes.

“A prime example is [in] Canso, the Seaside Manor,” said Pitts. “We’re looking at water pipes. They’re fully depleted. We’ve had a number of leaks over the last year and it’s time for those pipes to be replaced. That’s a provincial responsibility.”

Pitts said it would be easy to send a picture or an e-mail describing the issues but he insisted the province send a representative so they can see it for themselves.

“Then, it’s much easier for them to defend it when they go to the minister for funding,” said Pitts. “I do have a request to [Health and Wellness] Minister Leo Glavine for a face-to-face meeting.”

Pitts said he previously petitioned the province for help but the request was denied, citing a lack of available funds.

“To me, that doesn’t cut it,” said Pitts.

The warden added he extended the invitation to Smiley before last night’s council meeting.

“A number of weeks ago, I sent a letter to our MLA [Lloyd Hines] along with [Glavine] requesting a face-to-face meeting to discuss this along with our two administrators,” Pitts recalled.

“[Smiley] responded verbally by phone. She told us to pick the dates… and that e-mail went out this afternoon.”