TORONTO, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - In honour of National Nursing Week, the
Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) has re-committed efforts to support
Canada's nurses and allied health care workers, as they struggle to
improve work standards and provide quality care under austerity
"With our nation's aging population, combined with fiscal restraint
policies of governments across the country, we are seeing our hospitals
overburdened and unprecedented wait times for home care and long term
care," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
Lewenza pledged the union's support for adequate hospital funding and
ensuring the federal government lives up to its responsibility to
oversee the country's public Medicare system.
"The federal Conservatives have ignored creeping privatization, and it's
evident they won't insist provinces follow the guiding principles of
the Canada Health Act," said Lewenza. "Harper has effectively
dismantled the Health Council of Canada, established after the Romanow
Commission, and so far refused the concept of a national Pharmacare
program that has the potential to save Canadians $10 billion each year
on drug costs."
Lewenza said the workplace challenges nurses and caregivers face are
mounting, with respect to heavier care and mental health patients being
downloaded into the long-term care system.
"We will continue to make the argument that governments legislate a
measurable and enforceable standard of care that protects caregivers
and those who receive care," Lewenza said.
To read the CAW statement on National Nursing Week, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/12104.htm
The CAW represents 195,000 members, including 26,000 health care workers
across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more information, please contact CAW Health Care Director Katha Fortier (cell) 519-259-8100 or CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699