TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - OCSA extends an offer of support to Minister
Smitherman in his efforts to ensure continuity of care for clients and the
stability of our precious workforce in the home care system. We look forward
to working closely with Minister Smitherman in the coming months as he
examines ways to ensure an effective, smooth-running home and community care
sector in Ontario.
"Minister Smitherman listened to the voices in the Hamilton community. He
has reaffirmed his commitment to client-centred care and has recognized the
importance of a stable front line workforce in the community health care
sector. We offer our complete cooperation as he undertakes his review of the
system," said Susan Thorning, CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association
"Minister Smitherman's recognition that 'continuity matters a great deal'
echoes the firmly-held position of OCSA member providers, whose commitment to
patients in communities across Ontario goes back decades. The Minister has
stated that patients are ultimately our "bosses". We agree and look forward to
working with him to ensure that the focus remains on patients getting high
quality continuity of care across the province," Thorning said.
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) speaks for home and
community support in Ontario. Across the province Community Support and Home
Care providers offer important, cost-effective services that promote health
and independence while preventing unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room
admissions and premature institutionalization. Home and Community Support
providers have a broad, deep understanding of the needs of clients and
caregivers and the delivery of quality healthcare. We are united in our
commitment to care.
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Manager, Communications & Development, OCSA, email@example.com, (416)
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