LETTER: privatizing essential public health care unlawful, says health coalition chair
Posted: October 8, 2020
(October 7, 2020)
By: GuelphToday Staff, GuelphToday
The Ontario Health Coalition is having a province-wide press conference and motorcade on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the corner of Oxford and Liverpool streets in Guelph at 11 a.m. close to Norfolk Manor Retirement Home to persuade our policymakers that privatizing essential health services is against the law.
Creeping privatization has shown neither to protect publicly funded Medicare nor provide safe quality of care for all, regardless of income status. Auditors’ reports on health outcomes and now Covid-19, have demonstrated the destruction of continuity, the increasing costs to the public system without improvements, and inefficiencies.
Since the 1990s, political parties have downloaded those expenses to the public purse directly and get them off the finance books. Corporate markets have been quick to respond and their shareholders do not want to pay for preparedness for safe management in a serious pandemic. Covid-19 proves this. Please join the motorcade.
Consider some facts of great concern in Long Term Care (LTC). Since COVID began no dynamic change has occurred in LONG TERM CARE (LTC). Insufficient PPE still exists in some LTC homes, as surveyed in 75 LTC homes. The province only hired 150 extra infection control nurses for nursing homes, not even one per home. The hours of care per resident have not changed. Three and one half to four hours/resident of care is recommended in research by RNAO, ONA and OCHU and in LTC inquest recommendations.