9/22/10

Fund retirement homes and drive up health care privatization

The push to privatize hospital services (and increase the privatization of long term care) took another step in the Ottawa area this week. This time through a proposal for the government to fund retirement homes, facilities which are overwhelming private and  for-profit. 

To date, retirement homes have not been funded by government (although recently hospitals have taken to sending patients to them, sometimes with disastrous results).

This proposal comes as the provincial government cuts hospital beds, cuts home care services, and slows to a trickle the creation of new long term care beds.

dallan@cupe.ca

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