CAW Supports Call for Long Term Care Improvements

September 30, 2009, 4:06 PM EST

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The CAW supports a ground-breaking Canadian Healthcare Association policy brief that calls for major improvements in the way long-term care is administered and run in Canada.

"New Directions for Facility-Based Long Term Care" reminds governments once again that facility-based long term care should be included in the pan-Canadian health policy agenda," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.

"We join in calling for long-term care to be governed by the same vital principles of the Canada Health Act as other essential health services contingent upon federal funding support and tied to national standards," he said in a letter to Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) President Pamela Fralick.

Nancy McMurphy, CAW Local 302 president and National Executive Board member, said our health care members support the call to focus on quality and accountability in long-term care by developing pan-Canadian minimum staffing models and a national deliberation to help develop appropriate staffing benchmarks.

The CAW has conducted for years its "Dignity is a Minimum Standard" campaign in support of ensuring a return to regulated minimum staffing levels for Ontario long-term care homes.

"We agree wholeheartedly with your brief's conclusion that increased funding is immediately needed if the promise of increased staffing levels and ratios to enhance quality of care and life for residents is to be realized," Lewenza said.

The CHA is a federation of provincial and territorial hospital and health organizations across Canada.


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