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Liberals perform worse than predecessors on long-term care in Ontario

Increased privatization has lessened the quality of services at the expense of taxpayers.

Panos: The long-term care sector in Ontario is now the most corporatized in the country.November 1, 2011: Corporate long-term-care-home owners profit from government subsidies — tax dollars, in other words — destined for long-term patient care, Justin Panos reports for Briarpatch Magazine. Understaffing is one of the biggest culprits, allowing long-term care homes to save on staff wages, to the detriment of patients. Many groups are now calling for legislated minimum standards of care such as those existing in other provinces.

"A pill trolley rattles urgently as it makes its rounds in one of Ontario's many long-term care homes. The support worker pushing it looks visibly exhausted, while a nurse practitioner moves stressfully under the imperatives of time and patient needs, tending to the unwashed, unshaved, undressed, unturned and unfed.

Ontario's long-term care homes, which provide 24-hour nursing services to chronically ill residents who require some form of basic assistance for daily living, suffer intolerably from an understaffing crisis.

As the pioneer of privatized care in Canada, Ontario has opened the doors for a corporate takeover of long-term care homes, resulting in chronic understaffing by profit-seeking multinational providers..."

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Posted: December 07, 2011

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