Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

February 22, 2012 11:54 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: "Bring dignity back to seniors' care, say no to Drummond review"-LTC direct care staff tell health minister

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) - Ontario's health and long-term care minister - London MPP Deb Matthews must put the care needs of frail seniors and for 85,000 residents in long-term care (LTC) homes ahead of cost-cutting restructuring, LTC direct care staff will say at a London media conference Thursday, February 23. They'll urge the health minister to act on a Liberal promise from 2003 to enact a minimum care standard for LTC residents and to say no to proposals being floated by the Drummond Commission which include no growth in long-term care capacity and a severe funding cut for health services.

There are currently 24,000 Ontarians on the wait list for LTC beds and there is no mandatory care standard LTC home are legislated to meet.

"Years ago the Liberals made a commitment to seniors in this province to legislate a care standard. It's time they made good on that promise," says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

OCHU/CUPE is advocating for a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours of direct care per day for LTC residents.

"When it comes to care with dignity for seniors, Drummond is offering a dead end. It is not the 'road map' the Liberals should be following", says Hurley.

WHAT: "3.5 Hours of Care" media event on long-term care
Includes a six-minute video featuring LTC workers
WHO: Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE
Pat Riedel, front-line LTC worker
Irene Fitzpatrick, front-line LTC worker, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 317
311 Oakland Ave., London, ON
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Direct care LTC workers are reaching out to their provincial Members of Parliament (MPP) to urge them to make it a priority to develop a minimum care standard in the upcoming legislative session.

A meeting with the local MPP is pending.

LTC workers say action on a 3.5 hours a day, hands-on care standard is needed now. Residents have waited long enough, they say.

Visit http://www.cupe.on.ca/timetocare for more on the need for a minimum care standard in LTC.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon
    416-559-9300