“These members are proud of the service they provide but also struggle everyday with a number of systemic and workforce challenges that keep the program from being the best it can be." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
During National Medicare Week health care advocates from coast to coast to coast will pull together to send a strong message to our newly elected government that we expect strong action to preserve and expand our public health care system.
"The Auditor General’s research shows that only 61 per cent of the government funding actually goes to face-to-face treatment of patients. The public needs to know these facts.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (23 Nov. 2015) — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), and OPSEU Local 294 are inviting citizens of the Niagara region to a town hall meeting on November 24 in St. Catharines to discuss the plummeting quality of home care in Ontario.
"The public is concerned that professional under-staffing in health care is hurting their ability to access health care services, when and where they need them.” — Karen Wasylenko, President Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
“Once again, health care managers are treating patients as the problem, rather than investigating how the health region can improve access to long term care beds. How is this approach putting patients first?” — Karen Wasylenko, President Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
"Long-term care in Newfoundland and Labrador. Hydro in Ontario. Home care in British Columbia. Privatization schemes are being tried all across Canada and so it's heartening to see a government finally standing up and saying, 'Is this really worth it?'" — NUPGE National President James Clancy
"We call on the government to reject any recommendation that would start us down the path of a two-tiered home care system based on income." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Home care workers struggle to care for clients with reduced time allotments, not to mention have to fight to receive pay for work done.
New poll shows a large number of Canadians do not take all their medications as prescribed due to financial difficulties and also finds overwhelming support for a national pharmacare program.
Health advocates are calling on Canada's Premiers to demand that the federal government act to defend, improve and expand on our national public Medicare system.