Dec 17, 2020
By Christine Ross
The Ford government has released more details of its long-term care strategy headlined by an investment up to 1.9 billion-a-year by 2025 to hire 27,000 PSW’s, nurses and other health care staff.
Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton says it’s part of the government’s pledge to increase direct care to 4-hours daily for residents within 4 years.
“As well as a 20 percent increase in director care time by other care professionals like physiotherapists and social workers,” said Fullerton. “For current staff, we will work with current long term care employers to improve working conditions.”
In addition long-term care workers will be offered more education and professional development.
Minister Fullerton, who’s come under fire as deplorable conditions in nursing homes were exposed during the pandemic, says her government remains committed to seniors.
The Ontario Personal Support Workers Association applauds the announcement. In a statement, President Miranda Ferrier writes it’s a historical move that marks just the beginning to positive change.
Meantime, an online petition by CARP to have Minister Fullerton removed, is up to 3,391 signatures.