ST. JOHN’S – Canadian Labour Congress president Bea Bruske made the following statement today:
“Decades of cuts and privatization in the long-term care sector have had tragic consequences during this crisis.
“Early in the pandemic, long-term care homes accounted for four out of every five COVID-19 related deaths in Canada. In Ontario, the Commission into long-term care said for-profit companies should no longer be in charge of care.
“The for-profit model has clearly failed seniors and their families. We welcome Jagmeet Singh and the New Democrats’ commitment to take profit out of long-term care.
“For years, long-term care workers, unions and advocates for senor’s health care have demanded systemic change to a broken system.
“Canada’s unions have been fighting for long-term care to be offered as a public service. This means making major changes to Canada’s long-term care sector, including regulating long-term care under the Canada Health Act.”
Canada’s unions have been calling on governments to address the failings COVID-19 exposed in long-term care by:
- Bringing long-term care into the public system and regulating it under the Canada Health Act;
- Removing private, for-profit businesses from the sector;
- Requiring proper staffing and health and safety protections for workers; and
- Permanently raising wages and benefits for long-term care workers to match the value of the work.
Full recommendations on Long-term care can be found here.
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