Improvements to front line services for seniors welcome, and long overdue - BCGEU | National Union of Public and General Employees

Improvements to front line services for seniors welcome, and long overdue - BCGEU

"If we want more frontline staff, we need to be creating incentives for new workers to enter the profession, and to transition part-time and casual workers into a full-time career. That is what we are hearing from the government, so it is encouraging news for seniors and workers alike." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

New Westminster (27 Sept. 2018) — On September 25, Adrian Dix, B.C. Health Minister and Premier John Horgan announced important new funding for seniors in British Columbia. The government is increasing the budget for staffing, retention, and training by $240 million dollars in the next 3 years, with $50 million in this calendar year. 

More care hours, more staff 

Stephanie Smith, President of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) reflected on today's announcement: "More money for staffing means more front-line services and more care hours. That translates to better quality of life for seniors in this province, who have been struggling for years due to understaffing." 

The Ministry of Health has set a target plan to increase resident care hours to 3.36 by 2021. Already this year, the additional $50 million spent has meant that there has been an increase of 1 million care hours across the province by over 300 new employees in the field.

"If we want more frontline staff, we need to be creating incentives for new workers to enter the profession, and to transition part-time and casual workers into a full-time career. That is what we are hearing from the government, so it is encouraging news for seniors and workers alike," said Smith.

The BCGEU/NUPGE represents over 16,000 workers in various health sectors, including home care and residential care homes across the province.


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