Rogers: Don’t give scarce health-care dollars to private profits
NDP critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says health care dollars that go to company profits are health care dollars that cannot be used to provide care for seniors and other residents of long-term care facilities.
“Yesterday our Registered Nurses Union raised alarms about staffing levels already too low in our long-term care homes with nurses overseeing the care of up to 80 patients. They warned that private companies’ goals are to cut costs to make profit,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Premier why is he ignoring the expertise of our nurses who do the work in long-term care?”
Rogers says everyone wants every dollar allocated for long-term care to go directly to providing the best care possible, and wants to know how the premier and members of his government thinks putting any percentage of the precious public dollars for long-term care into the pocket of private companies for pure profit is the best use of our LTC dollars.
She adds that better working conditions for staff are also better caring conditions for residents. Profits for private operators are too often realized by cutting staff, lowering wages and getting rid of unions.