Proposed Lawsuits Against Ontario Nursing Homes Bring Attention To “Epidemic” In Healthcare System

Richmond Hill, Ontario (May 7, 2018) – SEIU Healthcare, which represents over 24,000 nursing home workers in Ontario, is disappointed to learn of the two recent proposed class action lawsuits that allege negligence by two Ontario nursing home companies.  

“Unfortunately, these troubling stories are not just unique to the homes mentioned in these proposed class action lawsuits,” said SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart. “We have been hearing about the issues being faced at long-term care and retirement homes across this province for years, but especially in the last 12 months, where an epidemic has been created as these homes find new ways to cut costs and increase profits.”

Over the past year, SEIU Healthcare has worked with the staff they represent at many long-term care and retirement residences across the province to organize information pickets in front of their workplaces to raise awareness of the poor conditions that both the residents and the staff who take care of them face.

Running out of soap for three weeks, having one nurse responsible for hundreds of residents during a night shift and extreme bullying by management are just a few of the issues that have been raised by the staff.

“Understaffed and overworked are the two words we hear most from our members, not just in this sector, but in hospitals and home care as well,” said Stewart. “We have been urging both employers and the government to step up and make sure that our loved ones are always getting safe, high-quality, and effective care. We will continue to fight for this until it is achieved at every healthcare facility in the province.”

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 60,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, homecare, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care.

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Corey Johnson
SEIU Healthcare

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