LONDON, Ont. – Ontario’s home care system, already damaged by the McGuinty government’s continuation of Mike Harris’ contracting out policy, now faces further harm. A provincial moratorium on competitive bidding has now expired and the government has decided not to restore the ban, union officials, health care experts, home care workers and clients warned today at a London news conference.
“Mike Harris did much to hurt our home care system and the Liberals not only allowed that to continue, but have now made things even worse by bringing back a twice-suspended system of competitive bidding for home care contracts,” said Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) in front of Health Minister Deb Matthews’ London constituency office today.
Today’s news conference was part of a province-wide media tour by CUPE Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC).
The centerpiece of the CUPE-Ontario Health Coalition tour is a video produced by CUPE Ontario featuring interviews with real home care workers, families and home care recipients from across Ontario.
Link to video: http://www.leslievilleproduction.ca/share/CUPE/HC.wmv
“We are appealing to everyone in Ontario – patients and families and concerned citizens – to insist that this government redirect its whole approach to home care before it’s too late,” said Hurley.
CUPE Ontario and the Ontario Health Coalition are demanding that the moratorium on competitive bidding be restored and the government start rebuilding a system of direct home care service rather than continue to expand in the contracting out regime brought in by Mike Harris’ Conservative government.
CUPE is the largest union in Ontario with over 220,000 members.
For information, please contact:
Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications: 416-821-6641