TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - A year ago, Ontario's health minister
promised to establish staffing and care standards to ensure that seniors in
nursing homes get the care they need. Seniors and long-term care staff are
still waiting for George Smitherman to make good on his promise.
"These seniors are our family members and our friends. All of us across
the province should be calling on the McGuinty Liberals to act to restore
dignity and respect for seniors in nursing homes.
"Instead of enacting standards, the health minister is running yet
another long-term care consultation. That's not what vulnerable seniors need,"
says Sid Ryan, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Two front line caregivers-one from Toronto, one from Peterborough-will
join Ryan and the Ontario Federation of Labour president Wayne Samuelson at a
Queen's Park media conference on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (10:00 a.m.) to
provide a first-hand account of the difficulties trying to provide adequate
care to frail seniors under current care standards.
On Valentine's Day, CUPE long-term care members took their Time to Care
campaign to nine Liberal MPP constituency offices calling on them to push the
health minister to introduce a 3.5 hour standard of care.
WHO: Nursing homes caregivers
Sid Ryan President, CUPE Ontario
Wayne Samuelson, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
WHAT: Media Conference
WHERE: Media Studio, Queen's Park
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27 - 10:00 a.m.
For further information:
For further information: Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario, (416)
209-0066; Wayne Samuelson, President, OFL, (416) 571-7408; Stella Yeadon, CUPE
Communications, (416) 578-8774