Only way to cut $100 million from CCACs is to slash front line workers
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - With just a few days left in the
election campaign, Andrea Horwath has released the costing implications
of her election promises. That costing includes a significant error
that, if not corrected, will lead to the firing of 850 front-line
nurses and home care workers.
Buried in the NDP costing document is a pledge to cut home care
"administration" by 20%, or $100 million. But a closer look reveals the
NDP's definition of administration includes nurses and other front line
home care workers who perform case management at Community Care Access
Case managers, a majority of whom are nurses, are responsible for
evaluating what home care is required for Ontario patients, and
coordinating the delivery of that care. They also handle complaints
about care and are responsible for monitoring the quality of home care
Without these case managers, patients will backlog in hospitals longer
as they await a home care assessment, costing taxpayers more money for
more expensive hospital care.
The NDP have based their $100 million (20%) savings on an Ontario Health
Coalition report suggesting the total cost of administration and case
management at CCACs is $500 million. Administration itself is only
$180 million of that; the other two thirds is case management. Taking
$64 million out of case management (or 2/3 of the identified savings
target) translates to 850 nurses and front line home care workers.
Either Horwath and the NDP don't know what case managers do, or they are
planning a major cut to front line health care services. Either way,
Ontarians have reason to be concerned.
"The front line nurses that Andrea Horwath has targeted for drastic cuts
make life easier for families and play an essential role in ensuring
patients can leave hospitals and get the care they need in their
homes," said Laurel Broten, Liberal candidate for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
"Whether by incompetence or design, these cuts make it clear that
Andrea Horwath is just not worth the risk."
Ontario Liberals have a plan to add 3 million more hours of home care to
help seniors stay in their homes longer. The plan also includes a
Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit, giving up to $1500 back for home
renovations like ramps, chair lifts and walk-in bath tubs.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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