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Update – Hillside Manor & Saving Local Long-Term Care Beds

August 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

The provincial government is still considering the proposal to move up to 50 beds to London when Hillside Manor, near Sebringville, is closed. I want to update you on some of my work to keep these beds in our area.

But first I want to thank everyone who has written letters and emails; signed petitions and encouraged others to do the same; and those who attended the first public meeting in Mitchell. Your efforts are making a difference!

Following my repeated requests, the government committed to a second public consultation meeting. We believe it is likely to be in late September or early October  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is required to provide 30 days’ notice for a meeting. When a date has been announced, I will share it with you.

The deadline to submit written comments and concerns has also been extended. I have asked for the deadline to be extended beyond the date of the meeting, so that people are able to write and submit comments based on what we hear at that meeting.

Our community is also fortunate to have so many dedicated municipal leaders and staff. They, too, are working hard to keep the beds in our area. Recently I arranged a meeting so that municipalities in Perth County could engage directly with Revera (the company that owns Hillside Manor).

Linked here for your information is a copy of my recent letter to the Minister of Health. Although I have received some help from his office, I remain disappointed that I have yet to receive a written response directly from the Minister. We will keep pushing.

Yesterday, I hand-delivered some of your letters, and copies of our petitions, directly to the minister’s office. He needs to understand how important this is to all of us in Perth-Wellington.

Again, thank you for your help in this effort.