Warning of potential health crisis fell on deaf ears
Long term-care homes and homecare providers have been severely underfunded for years despite calls to increase resources needed to protect against inflation and to adequately compensate a skilled workforce.
The disaster we are presently witnessing was forecasted by the Ontario Health Coalition. Unfortunately, their well-researched reports have fallen on the deaf ears of successive Conservative and Liberal governments, both provincial and federal.
In their December 2019 “Caring in Crisis” – Ontario’s Long Term-Care PSW Shortage document commissioned by Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, shortcomings were identified and recommendations made to address the shortfalls that exist in this important socio-economic sector.
Unifor represents about 15,000 health-care workers in Ontario alone but the vast majority of personal support workers (PSWs) are not represented by unions, many of whom are women and recent immigrants.