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Residents in Ontario’s long-term homes need enforced standards of care, not more vague reports calling for “voluntary guidelines”.

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CUPE, SEIU, ONA and OPSEU called for an enforced standard of a minimum 3.5 hours of hands-on care per day for residents of Ontario’s long-term care homes.

The unions were reacting to media reports that more than 60 per cent of Ontario’s long term care facilities fail to meet the province’s minimum standards for care.

Meanwhile, the McGuinty government seems to have buried its campaign promise to reinstate and improve care standards for seniors homes beneath the Shirlee Sharkey report.

Sharkey, a former president of the association representing Ontario’s mostly for-profit long-term care homes, released the government commissioned report in May 2008.

CUPE Ontario has produced an extensive critique of the Sharkey report, arguing that its hands-off approach to long term care homes will only lead to more horror stories.

How do you solve a problem like poor quality in our long-term care homes? With minimum standards that the government enforces, not with vague reports that will only set up more deregulation and perpetuate lack of accountability,” said CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.