OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The United Nations has called on
governments not to undermine provision of social protection, long-term
care and access to public health for the elderly because of the current
Marking the day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand
Grover, said, "as you reach old age, you are more likely to be ignored,
patronized, denied access to social security or healthcare, abused,
forcefully medicated without your consent or denied medical treatment
at all due to your age. The list is just too long."
Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital
Unions/CUPE, responding to the UN announcement said "ageism does exist
in the provision of healthcare for older persons in Ontario. A recent
study of first responders in Ontario found seniors were much less
likely than younger people to be transported to a regional trauma
centre, where recovery prospects are much better after a heart attack
or stroke. 1,000 stroke victims last year received no speech pathology
support to help them to recover their ability to speak."
" None of the political parties has budgeted for a minimum standard of
care in long-term care, which means that the neglect of long-term care
residents will continue. The acute care funding plans of all parties
will mean additional cuts to hospital beds and services and this will
mean additional pressure on older persons in acute care hospitals to be
discharged. Many of these patients are discharged prematurely, some to
unregulated retirement homes, which have no care standards, sometimes
with tragic consequences ", Hurley said.
" The generation that fought WWII deserves our attention, today and
every day. Ontario's political parties need to take a second look at
their health policies as they impact older persons", Hurley said.
SOURCE Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley 416-884-0770