New investment in homecare too important to risk
RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - SEIU Healthcare called on
Ontario's political parties to work together to fulfill the promise
made in today's provincial Budget to improve access to homecare.
"We simply can't afford to waste this opportunity to cut wait times for
all seniors and family caregivers who need relief," said Sharleen
Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare Ontario's largest healthcare union.
The organization welcomed the pledge to invest $260-million more in
homecare in 2013, as part of a plan to meet the needs of an aging
population and sustain public healthcare. But it cautioned that wait
times need to be cut for all seniors on waiting lists, and emphasized
the importance of intervening early before conditions become complex.
SEIU also insisted that investments should go to the frontline not the
"We must reduce the amount of spending that goes to CEOs," continued
Stewart. "With only 35% of every public dollar spent on homecare going
to the frontline, there are many opportunities to improve how
healthcare dollars are allocated."
SEIU Healthcare called for a hard cap on hospital CEO pay, and said the
province needed to invest in the heart of healthcare: the people that
keep hospitals working, and ensure funding kept pace with demand.
The organization made a presentation to Finance Minister Charles Sousa
in early April for input on the development of the provincial
government's 2013 budget. Recommendations focused on initiatives in
community-based and long-term care designed to improve the cost
efficiency and transparency of the health sector and improve both the
quality and value of care people receive. Research shows that
cost-effectiveness in health delivery is achieved when administrative
costs are reduced and investments are made in front-line health
"We are pleased that some of our recommendations have been incorporated
into the budget and we look forward to working with all parties to
ensure these new commitments are implemented in a way that ensures the
long term sustainability of the healthcare system," concluded Stewart.
For more information on SEIU healthcare visit: www.seiuhealthcare.ca
About SEIU Healthcare
SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare union, represents more than
55,000 healthcare and community services workers across Ontario. The
union's members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement
homes and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare
has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working
conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and
development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the
management and delivery of patient and client care.
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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