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ST. JOHN’S, NL – CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says this week’s boasting from the Davis government about being open and transparent is in direct contrast with its secrecy on plans to privatize nursing homes in the province.

Says Lucas, “Since the health minister announced in May, 2015 that they were planning to build four long term care facilities using the P3 model (public private partnerships), they have refused to release the details of those 30-year deals.

“We’ve also sent them reports on their choice of organizations to evaluate the bids, which questions the ability of Partnerships BC to do so in an unbiased fashion,” says Lucas.

Lucas says, “If they are so open and transparent, why haven’t they been sponsoring town halls and open forums on their P3 plans,” ask Lucas.

“The bottom line,” he says, “is how can you justify signing 30-year deals to privatize a vital part of our health care system just weeks before a provincial election?”

For information:

Wayne Lucas
CUPE NL President    

John McCracken
CUPE Communications