06/10/2013 11:18 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Calgary Man Upset Cancer-Stricken Wife Moved From Hospice To Long-Term Care

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CALGARY - A Calgary man is looking for some answers from Alberta Health officials after his terminally ill wife was discharged from a hospice.

Ian McDougall's wife has been sick with cancer for two years and spent the last three months in the Sarcee Hospice.

McDougall says although her doctor recommended she stay put, administrators ordered her discharged and she was placed in a nursing home.

McDougall says he believes it looks like the case of a patient who's lived too long.

Alberta Liberal member David Swann says the case shows the government doesn't know how to manage health care.

He says the province needs to invest more in end-of-life care.

Alberta Health Services says patient confidentiality means it can't discuss specific of the case, but says all decisions are made by a patient's medical team, based on the patient's needs.

It says about five per cent of all hospice clients go home or to a long-term care or supportive living facility if their condition stabilizes or improves or if hospice-level care is no longer needed.


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