August 30, 2021
44TH GENERAL ELECTION
For Us, Accountability Begins at Home
Workers at Hallowell House in Picton, Ontario, owned by the notorious private provider Revera, are denouncing the company’s proposal to lay off Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at the home. The week of August 23 workers organized information pickets to inform the community about what is going on.
Revera’s excuse is that it has too many workers because it now has fewer “clients.”
In response to the large number of infections and deaths in long-term care homes, the province of Ontario enacted measures to reduce occupancy in shared rooms from four to two residents in order to allow greater protection from COVID-19. This has resulted in a decrease in the total number of residents in some homes, including Hallowell House. According to Revera, this means fewer staff are needed. [More]
To date, more than 80,000 people, seniors living in long-term care and retirement homes and staff who care for them, have contracted COVID-19. More than 14,000 long-term care and retirement home residents and staff died during the pandemic’s first two waves. Many others will never fully recover their health.
During the first wave of the pandemic, long-term care residents’ deaths accounted for approximately 80 per cent of all reported pandemic-related fatalities. We are now into the fourth wave, with the more dangerous Delta variant gaining new ground every day. Instead of taking concrete actions to hold long-term care facilities to account to provide humane care and humane working conditions, the Prime Minister has seen fit to waste an estimated $610 million on an irresponsible election to win a Liberal majority. [More]
– Diane Johnston –