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HALIFAX CUPE Nova Scotia is concerned about the memo “Exploring Home Care Options” from the Continuing Care Branch of the Health and Wellness Department that sends conflicting messages about the province’s plans to privatize home care.

CUPE Home Support Coordinator Marianne Welsh says, “While the government appears to be back-tracking on its plans for so-called ‘competitive bidding,’ the idea still hasn’t been rejected outright.”

“In fact,” says Welsh, “the memo which was sent to all home care agencies in the province makes it clear that the Department is reserving the option to privatize services. The memo states, ‘Depending on the outcome of this initiative, home care services may still need to be tendered for some, or all, regions in the province’,” says Welsh.

CUPE represents 462 home support workers in the province and has called upon the government to reject the competitive bidding model for home care.