BURNABY, BC, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Legislation introduced by the B.C.
Liberal government this afternoon will limit the independence of a
proposed new seniors' advocate, says the Hospital Employees' Union.
Bill 10, the Seniors' Advocate Act, contemplates a seniors' advocate that is part of government rather
than independent of government like the B.C. Ombudsperson, or the
Representative for Children and Youth.
Both those positions are independent of government and report to the
B.C. Legislative Assembly directly.
Under Bill 10, the Seniors' Advocate would be appointed by cabinet
rather than by the legislature.
HEU secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson credits the government
with finally taking action to establish a seniors' advocate but
expressed concern that the position is not been given the same
independent status as the children and youth representative or the
"During community and stakeholder consultations last year, the
overwhelming consensus was that a new seniors' advocate must be
independent of government," says Pearson.
"The legislation provides a new seniors' advocate with the ability to
investigate and report on a wide range of systemic issues, but
ultimately will serve at the pleasure of cabinet which is problematic.
"We can do better for B.C. seniors."
HEU's membership includes about 20,000 health care staff that work in
residential care facilities and provide for the daily care needs of
SOURCE: Hospital Employees' Union
For further information:
Contact: Margi Blamey, HEU communications officer, 604-785-5324 (mobile)