Join Niagara Health Coalition for a DAY OF ACTION for Quality Long-Term Care in Ontario

Day of Action Begins this Thursday, October 8th in Town of Beamsville, Niagara, Ontario (SEE DETAILS BELOW)

A Call-Out from the Niagara Health Coalition and its umbrella group, the Ontario Health Coalition

Posted October 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

We are calling for:

  • 1.     Immediate action by the Ford government to recruit & train staff, improve pay and working conditions and provide full-time work. The conditions of work are the conditions of care
  • 2.     The Ford government to implement a minimum care standard of 4-hours of hands-on care per resident per day.
  • 3.     Both our federal and provincial governments to end for-profit long-term care, starting by making Revera long-term care homes in Niagara public.

The funding and staffing announcements this week so far increase the money but the announced staffing is far less than needed and strings are not attached to ensure that care levels are actually increased.

There is no clear recruitment plan and the updated visitor policy does nothing to stabilize the workforce or increase the care per resident. What we are calling for has not changed, and is needed now more than ever before. 

Join the Day of Action to create political pressure to expose the lack of action to improve care in long-term care and to push for an end to for-profit privatization of long-term care.

We will hold press conferences and car motorcades.

Please call the numbers below or email if you can join in, and please join in with as many friends as you can. We will ask most people to be in their cars, you can make the protest visual by affixing signs and decorating your car (safely) with messages about the need to improve long-term care and make it public.

Times and Locations for Day of Action –

  • 10:30 am Meet at the service centre located at 5005 South Service Rd. in Beamsville.
  • 10:40 am Motorcade leaves the service centre
  • 11:00 am outside Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s constituency office, 4961 King St.in Beamsville,

Call/text  Sue (905) 932-1646 niagarahealthcoalition@yahoo.ca

Background: 

Almost 2,000 residents and staff have died as a result of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care homes in the last 5 1/2 months. Many died isolated, without enough care, without staff time for emotional support. Long-term care staff have had to fight for access to appropriate PPE and have worked in crisis-level staffing shortages that have only become worse during the pandemic.

Despite repeated promises from Doug Ford, the Ford government has taken no action to deal with emergency staffing shortages and inadequate care levels in long-term care homes. No action has been taken to get care levels up to a safe standard. The majority of deaths in Ontario happened in for-profit long-term care homes yet privatization of new long-term care beds continues.

There has been no action taken by the provincial government to get staffing up to adequate levels. What is happening is appalling. There are now  more than 45 active outbreaks in long-term care homes across Ontario and three in Niagara.

About the Ontario Health Coalition –  Currently the Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members. Our members include: seniors’ groups; patients’ organizations; unions; nurses and health professionals’ organizations; physicians and physician organizations that support the public health system; non-profit community agencies; student groups; ethnic and cultural organizations; residents’ and family councils; retirees; poverty and equality-seeking groups; women’s organizations, and others.

For more information on the Ontario Health Coalition and its advocacy work, click on www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

 

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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