Dec 18, 2020
By Jane Brown
Advocates for long term care are disappointed with an announcement by Premier Doug Ford and his long term care minister who say they plan to invest up to $1.9 billion a year to hire 27,000 personal support workers, but not until 2025.
“Governments before then didn’t deal with it, is that any excuse that they haven’t dealt with it now?” asks Bill VanGorder, interim chief policy officer for the Zoomers’ Advocacy group CARP, who points out this means nothing for current residents of long term care, “because many of them, given their age, won’t be around by the time these long term promises come to fruition.”
VanGorder told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, this is another example of why Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton needs to go.
Thousands who’ve signed an online petition at carp.ca agree.
And lawyer Jane Meadus with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly told Fight Back, investing in long term care 4 to 5 years in the future means there is no attempt to change the current dismal circumstances now, while the pandemic rages on.
One fifth of Ontario’s nursing homes are now in outbreak, with more than 600 COVID-19 related deaths in the second wave alone after more than 1800 Ontario nursing home residents died with the virus back in the first wave.