Oosterhoff Says Niagara At Large Commentary on Ford Government’s Home Care Legislation is “Misinformed and Inaccurate”
A Message to Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper from Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff
Posted June 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
I must respond to the mischaracterization and inaccurate information contained in your personal forward prior to posting the Ontario Health Coalition’s news release.
The Connecting Care Act 2019 provides substantial improvements to our long term care system by breaking down barriers that exist in the system. It is patient focused, and improves our system in significant ways.
It removes the current limits on access to care that held back PSWs and others providing home care.
It modernizes our home care system, which hasn’t been updated since the 1990s, by ensuring digitization of records and access to records by those actually providing the care in home.
It ensures that home care and primary care are finally integrated, so there is seamless transition for patients and their families.
There is nothing in the legislation that privatizes home and community care, and the characterization of such is frankly misinformed and inaccurate.
Year over year, our government has increased investment in the Ministry of Long Term Care by hundreds of millions of dollars, and the attempts by the NDP and others to portray these investments as anything else are blatantly false.
This Legislation is long overdue, and the attempts to undermine and malign it should stop.
Sincerely, Sam Oosterhoff, MPPNiagara West
Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff was responding to the following commentary, posted this June 22nd, on Niagara At Large. To read it, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/06/22/ford-goverments-drive-to-privatize-even-more-long-term-care-homes-where-covid-has-killed-so-many-of-our-seniors-triggers-province-wide-protests/
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