OTTAWA, May 8, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) calls for major changes to Canada’s long-term care sector, including regulating long-term care under Canadian Health Act.
“This pandemic has demonstrated the consequences of decades of funding cuts and privatization in the long-term care sector,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “The tragedy that we witnessed is a direct result of the move to the non-profit model. Long-term care must be offered as a public service. “
In mid-April, the number of people who had died of COVID-19 in Canada’s long-term care home reached four out of every five pandemic-related deaths in the country.
Over the years long-term care workers, unions and advocates for health care and seniors have demanded systemic change.
“The current system is broken,” Yussuff said. “We need to see funding cuts reversed, and put an end to dangerous profiteering in this sector. What we see during this crisis can be prevented. “
Canadian unions call on the government to immediately address the failure of COVID-19 exposed to long-term care by:
- Bringing long-term care into the public system and regulating it below Canadian Health Act;
- Removing private business, which is seeking profit from this sector;
- Requires staff protection and proper health and safety for workers; and
- Increase wages and benefits permanently for long-term care workers to match the value of the work.
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