Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 01, 2005 16:22 ET

COMPETITIVE BIDDING IS THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM IN HOME CARE SAYS OFL

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2005) - "Competitive bidding is at the very core of all the problems in home care," said OFL executive vice-president Irene Harris in the Federation's review of the newly-released government report, "Realizing the Potential of Home Care, Competing for Excellence by Rewarding Results."

Elinor Caplan was appointed by Ontario Health and Long-Term Care Minister, George Smitherman in October 2004 to review the home care system and recommend needed changes to provide for some of Ontario's most vulnerable people.

In the run-up to the last election Premier Dalton McGuinty stated, "The current system is not working and we need to change it. We will work to create a system that is patient-centered and flexible. This system will ensure that if a person wants to receive care in their home, and it will cost less than sending them to a hospital or long-term care facility, they get that care right in their home."

"You won't bring about change in the home care sector if the McGuinty Liberals continue to use the past Tory government's competitive bidding model," Harris said. "The Caplan Report does nothing to address the existing problems that were created by the Mike Harris government."

"The providers of home care are our members and they are trying to deliver these much-needed valuable services under very trying conditions," Harris said.

"Tinkering with a flawed process will not work," Irene Harris said. "Competitive bidding is the problem - it's time we scrapped it altogether."

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Contact Information

  • Irene Harris, OFL Executive Vice-President
    Primary Phone: 416-347-0454