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Province brings in private partners for extended care beds

Premier Paul Davis announced Tuesday morning that the government wants to add 360 long-term care beds in the province through partnership with the private sector.

Premier Paul Davis, minister Steve Kent and minister Clyde Jackman at Paradise announcement this morning. - Photo by Keith Gosse

Davis said the standards for private long-term care will be the same as the public sector.

"We need to become more outcome focused, and provide the highest quality of care," Davis said.

The announcement comes just a couple days ahead of the 2015 budget, which will be tabled on Thursday in the House of Assembly.

Health Minister Steve Kent said that the new long-term care services are very much needed across Newfoundland.

In total, there will be 120 new beds in each of Corner Brook, central and on the Northeast Avalon.

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