Long-term care protest targets MPP Jeff Yurek
Posted: October 6, 2021
Frustrated by broken promises and inaction on the state of long-term care homes in Ontario, members of the London Health Coalition again marched in front of MPP Jeff Yurek’s St. Thomas office over the noon hour Monday.
Co-chairman Peter Bergmanis said the province-wide protest targeted the Doug Ford government which he notes has done nothing of significance to increase care levels and staffing in long-term care homes.
Bergmanis adds the London group, part of the Ontario Health Coalition, is demanding enforcement of care standards through reinstatement of annual surprise inspections of long-term care homes and fines and loss of license for repeated non-compliance in long-term care homes.
He added there cannot be a repeat of the almost 4,000 deaths in long-term care homes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bergmanis says it is possible to have a systematic move to a not-for-profit model that would be less disruptive than what is happening at for-profit homes which he argues are “draining resources out of the public purse.”
He suggests the Ford government is financially bound to the for-profit care home sector.
And, the Ontario Health Coalition, wants the provincial government to repeal the act that shields long-term care home operators from negligence lawsuits.
Monday’s throne speech delivered by Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell stressed the avoidance of future lockdowns is the province’s “ultimate goal” as the pandemic enters a new phase.
The speech focused largely on what the government has done to support the health-care and long-term care systems during the pandemic, highlighting the need for more action but with few specifics.