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Dignity 4 Residents. Respect 4 Long-Term Care Providers.

Senior and care provider standing next to each other in a friendly embrace. Text reads: Dignity for Residents. Respect for LTC Providers.

Tell the Nova Scotia government to reverse the cuts to long-term care.

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Our senior citizens in long-term care homes are experiencing a decline in the level of care they are receiving.

Long-term care providers are being told to do so much more in less time and with stagnant wages. Workers are being laid off, food quality is declining and services are being cut.

This isn't the kind of care we expect for our seniors. And with an aging population and increasing demand, it is irresponsible of provincial governments to make cuts to health care and long-term care.

NS long-term care budget cut fact sheet

 

Campaign Updates

Unifor meets with NS Health Minister about long-term care

3/8/2017 -

Unifor local leaders working in long-term care in Nova Scotia made sure the province’s health minister knew the impact two years of funding cuts have had on the quality of care for seniors.

They were bold and heartfelt when they met with Minister Leo Glavine recently, and they did not shy away from explaining just how devastating the cuts to funding have been on staffing levels, on patient care, and on food budgets. 

“This is so unfair to our seniors, and for the government to have said the cuts don’t have an impact on care is ridiculous,” said Linda MacLeod, President of Local 4620. “I’ve worked in long-term care for 27 years and I can tell you that people used to walk into our home and now everyone arrives by ambulance. Greater care is required, yet we’re consistently understaffed and asked to do 12 hours of work in eight.”

Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne was firm as she told the minister and his top officials, including the deputy minister and the heads of continuing care and labour relations, what would address the crisis.

“We want the cuts reversed and we want an investment in long-term care that delivers dignity to residents and seniors and respects long-term care providers,” said Payne.

Unifor has launched advertisements across the province and on social media to demand the government reverse the cuts. Members have also been meeting with MLAs across the province. The union is encouraging Nova Scotians to sign the online petition directed at Premier Stephen McNeil, and to call your MLA. 

To find your Nova Scotia MLA and their contact information, click here