Maybe someone can point to this information somewhere please. Maybe your humble e-scribbler missed it.
But in the past couple of days, there’s been a simple number missing from the discussion of long-term care beds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
How many do we need?
Seems like a fairly obvious question.
Both Premier Paul Davis and health minister Steve Kent pointed to the current problem with chronic care patients taking up acute care beds. That’s been happening for decades. They used a number of 237 as the number of beds being occupied in acute care facilities by patients needing long-term care.
But that isn’t all the demand. That’s just the stuff that they actually have right at the moment.
So how many long-term beds do we need?