The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) feels that today’s announcement of $500 million to strengthen care for B.C. seniors represents a significant step toward addressing many of the most pressing needs in seniors’ care.
“Our union has long advocated for the Ministry of Health to address staffing guidelines, care hours and funding for long-term care homes,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “We are pleased to see acknowledgement of many of these issues and a timeline to address funding and staffing, quality of care, and accountability in the sector.”
Details of the funding announcement were accompanied by the release of a staffing review produced by Dr. Darryl Plecas, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health, which formed the basis for the funding plan. Last week, representatives from the BCGEU met with Dr. Plecas and were hopeful that the report would address the concerns that we've raised.
In the coming weeks, BCGEU elected leadership and members in the health sector will work to analyse details of the action plan and the staffing report. In doing so we will determine what these changes mean for members’ work, for improving levels of care for seniors, and creating safe and healthy work environments.
The BCGEU represents over 16,000 workers in various health sectors.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Bronwen Barnett, BCGEU Communications, 604-719-4713