Compiled by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) the study found that $247.4 million a year (21 per cent of the total Community Care Access Centre budget) is siphoned from direct patient care through profit-taking and the duplication of home care services by multiple delivery agencies.
The study will be released at media conference at:
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
by CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and Ross Sutherland, a front-line home care nurse, who co-authored the study.
The Tory government is determined to privatize the delivery of home care in our communities and justify contracting out and competitive bidding, using the argument that money is saved.
This study clearly shows that it takes money away from direct services to vulnerable people, says Ryan.
For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications