VAC Responds: Support for Veterans at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building

Response to story by Rick Grant, CTV news

A March 12, 2015, story on CTV news suggests that the future of the Veterans unit at the Camp Hill Hospital is in question, noting that there are so many empty beds on this section of the 6th floor that admissions to that unit will stop and other units will also close. In the story, Maureen MacDonald, former Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister of Finance in Nova Scotia's first NDP Government, stated that in 2012, the Federal Government clearly indicated they were getting out of the business of long-term care for Veterans across the country. She also comments that the Federal Government is changing and withdrawing services to Veterans for LTC, just like they did when they closed Veterans' offices in the province.

Departmental officials have been advised by Camp Hill management that, given increasing bed vacancies, they have decided to stop admitting Veterans to the 6th floor of the facility. There has been no decision to close any units. Vacant rooms are available on other floors so Veterans who need care can be admitted without delay.

Out of the 175 beds at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, a provincially run hospital, there are 18 beds not occupied by Veterans.

Veterans Affairs Canada contributes to the cost of care for over 7,000 Veterans in approximately 1,500 long-term care facilities across Canada.

Across the country, the Department is partnering with long-term care facilities and provincial health authorities to address the changing needs and demographics of Veterans.

We will continue to place the highest priority on making sure Veterans have the support they need, when they need it, and that includes long-term care.

We support all Veterans whether they are traditional war Veterans or modern-day Canadian Armed Force Veterans. Approximately 600 CAF Veterans are being supported in long-term care.

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