Long Term Care Rally in London

September 14, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

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CAW members took their Minimum Care Standards campaign to the office of Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews in London on September 7.

CAW members from across southwestern Ontario presented more than 10,000 signed post cards from concerned citizens who are demanding the provincial government enact minimum care standards for residents of long-term care facilities. Matthews didn't attend and the cards were presented to an assistant.

The CAW campaign calls for 3.5 hours of care per day, per resident as the minimum needed to protect seniors in long term care facilities.  Those at the rally recalled how the Liberal government committed to a "revolution in long term care" back in 2003, but have so far failed to live up to that important promise.

Shawn Rouse, president of the CAW's Ontario Health Care Council, said the standard is long-overdue. The minimum standard of care was removed from the Long Term Care act by the Mike Harris Conservative government. Despite 8 years of Liberal government it has not been reinstated.

To find out more about the campaign please visit http://www.caw.ca/en/9675.htm

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