Niagara Falls MPP Demands Immediate Inquiry Into Niagara’s For-Profit Care Homes

“As COVID-19 has hit, our parents and grandparents have been left exposed to this deadly virus and with underpaid staff (in long-term care homes)having to manage impossible workloads without the personal protective equipment they need.”                                          – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

‘Privatization of long-term care in Ontario increased dramatically in the 1990s under Premier Mike Harris. Harris is now chair of the board at Chartwell Retirement Residences, a massive long-term care for-profit corporation.’

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

Posted May 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

QUEEN’S PARK, Ontario — NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) says the NDP’s call for a full public inquiry into long-term care is critical to Niagara care homes — to find out why the system was in crisis before the pandemic hit; how the pandemic response left seniors homes so vulnerable; and examine the future of for-profit homes in the Niagara region.

“For years families and advocates have been ringing alarm bells about the crisis in long-term care homes, especially in for-profit homes. We’ve heard harrowing stories of understaffed homes and underfunded facilities. As COVID-19 has hit, our parents and grandparents have been left exposed to this deadly virus and with underpaid staff having to manage impossible workloads without the personal protective equipment they need,” said Gates.

Data released Tuesday by the Ontario Health Coalition shows a significantly higher death rate due to COVID-19 in long-term care homes that are owned by for-profit corporations, compared to non-profit homes and public, municipal homes. The analysis showed that the rate of death was 9 per cent in for-profit homes, 5.25 per cent in non-profit homes and 3.62 per cent in publicly-owned, municipal homes.

“And it’s not just long-term care, it’s for-profit retirement homes and homes for those with disabilities. We’ve seen what can happen here in Niagara when we neglect our most vulnerable people. Our community has been shattered by what happened at Lundy Manor and many other care homes in Niagara,” said Gates.

Mike “The Knife” Harris ran for Ontario premier in 1995 promising big tax cuts and millions of people across the province voted for him. Once in, he also gutted and privatized many public services and now, at a time when we desperately need those services, we are paying the price. How many out there voted for this?

“We know what the real problem is – it’s profit over people. We must put the facts out for the public to see and then create a community-based non-profit and public seniors care system that puts money into hiring more PSWs and delivering care instead of padding the balance sheets of multi-national corporations.”

Privatization of long-term care in Ontario increased dramatically in the 1990s under Premier Mike Harris. Harris is now chair of the board at Chartwell Retirement Residences, a massive long-term care for-profit corporation.

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4 responses to “Niagara Falls MPP Demands Immediate Inquiry Into Niagara’s For-Profit Care Homes

  1. this is perhaps a silver lining of covid – that people will finally start looking into the outrageous money-grubbing of for profit homes – that pay their staff paltry sums and left them with little to no protection when the virus hit their establishments. Our elders deserve better – it’s one social program that the government should have NEVER abandoned!

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  2. Ina Robichaud Mainguy

    Finally, thank you!

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  3. Holly Bridgeman

    I could not agree more. Seniors deserve better. These homes need more staff who should have to pass strict hiring guidelines. They need to be adequately paid and not have an overtaxed workload. Meals offered must be monitored by a dietitian so that heathy, well balanced options are provided.

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  4. Wilma Telesnicki

    MPP Gates should be concentrating on the Investigation of the Current Acting Leader of the Niagara Regional Public Health Unit. All the problems with the Nursing Homes and the entire carrying out of Health Care in Niagara is being placed in the hands of Mustsaf Hirji who hss been in his “ACTING POSITION” since Jan 2018. 28 months and never appointed permantly?? Ask why he is still Acting.

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