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Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino was warned in May that nearly 300 veterans had been waiting months for a case manager to help them gainaccessto support services.
The warning, contained in internal documents obtained by the Citizen, was delivered as Fantino prepared to defend millions of dollars in Veterans Affairs Canada budget cuts.
Veterans have long complained about being forced to wait for services, and the documents provide the first real window "buy cheap jintropin online" into the scope of the problem as the federal auditor general prepares to release a report Tuesday into mental health services for "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" veterans.
The government says Veterans Affairs is hiring "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" more staff, including case managers for the most serious cases, and that providing timely access to services is a top priority.
But opposition critics say the documents prove those who have served in uniform are paying the price as the government tries to balance the budget before next year's election.
Case managers are assigned to veterans who are having difficulty transitioning into civilian life, or who need extra help accessing support services. Approximately 7,050 veterans, representing 3.4 per cent of Veterans Affairs clients, have been assigned a case manager.
In advance of an appearance before the Commons' veterans affairs committee on June 2, Veterans Affairs officials prepared a briefing package for Fantino that included a memo on the number of veterans waiting to be assigned a case manager.
Officials said 297 veterans were waiting for a case manager in four geographic areas: 106 in Montreal; 74 in Tren 75 Pills Side Effects the rest of Quebec; 62 in northeastern Ontario; and 55 in New Brunswick.
The memo suggests the problem was created by an unexpected increase in demand for case managers in those locations.
While vets deemed to be "high risk" were immediately assigned a case manager, the average wait time in Montreal and New Brunswick was 45 days. Vets in Ontario waited 55 days, while those in Quebec waited the longest, an average of 90 days.
The memo said Veterans Affairs officials had developed a plan to tackle the problem, and would have a case manager assigned to most if not all of those on the wait list by the end of May.
But it also predicated the number of veterans requiring a case manager would increase seven per cent by March 2015 at the same time the department's operating budget is slated to be cut by $40 million.
Eighty five per cent of case managed veterans are under the age of 60, according to the memo, meaning they served in the military after the Second World War and Korea.
Veterans Affairs did not respond to questions last week about whether any veterans are currently waiting for a case manager. But spokeswoman Janice Summerby said the department is in the process of hiring more case managers.
"As case management is intensity based, Veterans Affairs is currently actively hiring additional Comprar Levitra case managers to ensure our veterans receive the best possible support right across the country," she said in an email.
The Conservative government has already been under fire for closing eight Veterans Affairs satellite offices, cutting the department's budget and laying off staff, and opposition critics held up the documents as proof it has been mismanaging the file.
"We've never seen a number before," Liberal veterans affairs critic Frank Valeriote said Testosterone Propionate Price Uk of the wait list. "And it's just confirmation of the absolute complete contempt that this government has for the wellbeing of our veterans.
"One is too many, let alone 300," said NDP veterans affairs critic Peter Stoffer, adding the situation could be even worse as he knows some veterans who have given up trying to access services because of the wait times. "It's just unconscionable."
Auditor General Michael Ferguson will release a report Tuesday that is expected to deliver a biting critique of veterans' mental health services. The government announced $200 million for veterans' mental health over the weekend, and an additional $5 million on Monday.
Aiding veterans, by the numbers7,050: Canadian veterans with a case manager, at the end of 20133.4:Percentage of Canadian veterans being served by VAC who had a case manager79: Percentage of case managed veterans who are between the ages of 30 and 60216: VAC case managers in May297: Canadian veterans waiting to be assigned a case manager in May45: Average number of days until a veteran was assigned a case manager in Montreal90: Average number of days until a veteran was assigned a case manager in the rest of Quebec7: Percentage increase forecast in case managed veterans between May 2014 and March 2015
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