RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare union, welcomed today's
announcement by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews to reinstate
annual inspections for long-term care facilities.
"These inspections, in order to get a true picture of what goes on in
these homes, must be unannounced, surprise inspections," said Sharleen
Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare. "This is an important part of
pulling back the curtain on what goes on inside nursing homes and
increasing transparency and accountability. "
"Letting the CEO's of for-profit nursing home chains police themselves
is like letting the fox mind the hen house, and was not working," she
added, welcoming the commitment of 100 new inspectors.
"A key question we will need to answer next is: if an inspector
identifies staffing shortages as part of the problem, how will these
gaps be fixed? So far we have not seen a plan for ensuring we will have
adequate staffing to care for growing numbers of seniors," concluded
SEIU Healthcare has been calling on the Ontario government to develop a
long-term action plan that meets the needs of a growing aging
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 achieving fair wages and benefits and safe
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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