Media advisory - Frustrated by lack of public input, home care providers set up 1-888#hotline

    Urge Premier for public hearings on future home care delivery

    TORONTO, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Frustrated by the lack of public input
and a secretive, behind-the-scenes review of home care competitive bidding,
front line home care staff are setting up a telephone hotline for Ontarians to
call and tell about their experiences receiving and providing home care under
a contract bidding system.
    After halting home care competitive bidding for the second time in four
years, the Ontario Liberal government is again considering its next steps for
home care delivery. But the review is being done without input or public
consultations with Ontarians.
    "That's not right. If the government doesn't want to hear from regular
people and home care workers what it's like to receive care or provide care,
we do," says Patricia Pitt-Anderson, a personal support worker (PSW) with a
Toronto home care agency, and a member of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE).
    Pitt-Anderson, who along with Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) Director
Natalie Mehra and Michael Hurley, vice-president of CUPE Ontario, will release
the 1-888 hotline number and outline a vision for a public, not-for-profit,
cooperative home care system at a Queen's Park media conference Tuesday,
March 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
    The evidence against home care competitive bidding is stacking up. It
shows that, since competition was introduced, the quality of care has
suffered, working conditions have diminished, costs have increased as
for-profit providers have taken over home care province-wide.

                               Media Conference

                   Announcement of Home Care 1-888 hotline

                 Vision for Public, Not-For-Profit Home Care

                     Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 11:00 a.m.

                          Queen's Park Media Studio

For further information:

For further information: Michael Hurley, Vice-President, CUPE Ontario,
(416) 844-0770; Patricia Pitt-Anderson, President, CUPE 3808, (416) 970-5443;
Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition, (416) 230-6402; Stella
Yeadon, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774

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