Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

March 07, 2012 11:49 ET

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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2012) - Ontario's health and long-term care minister 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 Sault Ste. Marie media conference Monday, March 12. 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 minimum care standard LTC homes 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 Susan Schmidt a registered practical nurse and chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario Health Care Workers Committee (HCWCC).

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 Schmidt.

WHAT: "3.5 Hours of Care" media event on long-term care
Includes a six-minute video featuring LTC workers
WHO: Susan Schmidt (RPN and Chair CUPE Ontario Health Care Workers Committee)
Corrine Haber (LTC direct care staff)
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25
96 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie
WHEN: March 12, 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.

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 for more on the need for a minimum care standard in LTC.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications