Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

February 14, 2012 11:20 ET

Media Advisory: Liberals' health "action plan" ignores minimum care standard for frail long-term care residents

Bring dignity back, say direct care workers

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - The Ontario government's so-called "action plan" for health care, released earlier this month, lacks the long-promised minimum standard of care for the province's 85,000 residents of long-term care (LTC), advocates will say at a Niagara Falls media conference Thursday, February 16.

The Liberal government first promised a legislated care standard in 2003. Years later, residents, most of whom are 85 years old or older, are still waiting. Many of them are quite frail, and most of them have complex medical needs. They deserve a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours of direct care per day, LTC direct care workers will say at Thursday's media conference.

WHAT: "3.5 Hours of Care" media event on long-term care
Includes a six-minute video featuring LTC workers
WHO: Susan Schmidt, Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
Region of Niagara, President of Local 1263, Chair of HCWCC and President of Niagara District CUPE Council
Sharon Bezotosny, front line LTC worker
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 479
5603 Spring St., Niagara Falls
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 16, 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 Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls) is scheduled for February 17 at 10 a.m., at 3930 Montrose Rd, Suite 8, Niagara Falls.

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

  • CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon