Press Release: SEIU Healthcare applauds efforts to reduce homecare wait times

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (Richmond Hill, Ontario) -

SEIU Healthcare is applauding the Government of Ontario’s commitment to homecare today after Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins announced the investment of funds to reduce homecare wait times.

“The government is making serious efforts to achieve its 5-day wait time target. Usually when a person needs homecare for themselves or a loved one they need it quickly. A homecare worker can help them readjust to life at home after the hospital or prevent long hospital stays altogether,” said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare, the union that secured wage enhancements for over 30,000 personal support workers across the province last year.

“We also support the government’s investment in specialized PSW training. Only with a highly-trained, highly-skilled frontline workforce can we meet the demands that come with an aging population. Homecare services offer solutions to our public healthcare system so people can receive the right care where and when they need it---at home. We will continue to underscore the needs of the workers who provide these crucial services.”

On Monday, SEIU Healthcare was encouraged by the priorities outlined by Minister Eric Hoskins in his “Patients First: Action Plan on Health Care,” which recommits to investments in home and community care services, needed more than ever now, and for the years to come.

About SEIU Healthcare

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union’s members work in hospitals, home care, 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. www.seiuhealthcare.ca

For media inquiries, contact:

Gilleen Witkowski
SEIU Healthcare
416-805-0305
g.witkowski@seiuhealthcare.ca

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