RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Today's Sunshine List reveals
that many of the CEOs of Ontario's hospitals continue to receive
generous wage increases while salaries for frontline healthcare workers
"It's completely unacceptable that rich CEOs and administrators paid
from the public purse should see their salaries increase while many on
the frontlines of health care have had their $12 to $14 an hour wages
frozen," said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare, which
represents more than 50,000 healthcare workers in Ontario.
"To fix the healthcare system in Ontario we need to start making
investments on the frontline, not the bottom line, by putting a hard
cap on the salaries of healthcare CEOs who have been pocketing
millions, and close loopholes so that the wealthiest 1% pay their fair
share toward public healthcare," continued Stewart.
The Sunshine List reveals the tremendous amount of money being spent on
administration in the healthcare sector, which, if put into frontline
services, would result in better care for patients. In fact, of every
public dollar invested in homecare, only 35 cents goes to actual care.
In one of the most outrageous findings, the list reveals that Kevin
Mercer, former CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access
Centre, collected a whopping half-million dollar pay package in 2012
despite being terminated after a government-commissioned report found
"dysfunctional" management practices that led to long waiting lists and
poor use of funds.
"With more than 6,000 people on waiting lists for homecare, families
want to hear care will be there when they need it, not that CEOs have
made off with the loot," said Stewart.
Meanwhile, hospitals continue to cut their budgets on government orders
but still pay exorbitant salaries to their CEOs and senior managers.
"It's unconscionable that under budget cuts hospitals eliminate beds and
lay off the front-line staff who deliver care to patients, while at the
same time continuing to pay hospital CEOs and senior administrators
hundreds of thousands of dollars," concluded Stewart.
Selected highlights of the 2012 Sunshine List of wages / benefits:
$753,992 / $74,560 Robert S. Bell, President & CEO of the University
Health Network, Toronto.
$737,003 combined - William Reichman, President & CEO Baycrest Centre
for Geriatric Care, Toronto.
$714,999 / $45,627 Barry McLellan, President & CEO Sunnybrook Health
Science Centre (A 2% increase in salary from $703,311 and nine fold
increase in benefits from $5,184) Mr. McLellan's benefits alone are the
equivalent of the annual salary of a full-time Registered Practical
Nurse working 35 hours a week for 52 weeks.
10 Vice Presidents at Sunnybrook collected $3,588,622 in total
$690,201 combined - Joseph Mapa, President & CEO Mount Sinai Hospital,
$453,180 - Gillian Kernaghan, President & Chief Executive Officer, St.
Joseph's Health Care, London. (A 6% increase in base salary from
SOURCE: Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada
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