Committee of experts on long-term care: a laudable process but serious problems must be resolved first
This morning, CUPE representatives attended an announcement by Ministers Marguerite Blais and Lionel Carmant regarding the beginning of work toward developing the very first long-term care and accommodation policy. For CUPE, this is a laudable project aimed at adapting practices more effectively and improving the patients’ quality of life. However, the process will fail if fundamental problems besetting the system are not rectified in the coming years.
“Minister Blais wants everyone to feel like they do at home, on other words, receive personalized treatment in a well-adapted, friendly and safe atmosphere. We are totally in favour, and we offer our full collaboration. However, issues such as staff shortages, overwork, distress and burnout absolutely have to be resolved first. If not, it would be like rethinking the layout of a house while it is burning down,” said Frédéric Brisson, president of the Conseil provincial des affaires sociales (CPAS–CUPE).
In recent years, CUPE has systematically brought pressure to bear in order to resolve the staff shortage issue. Resolving this matter would ensure that all patients would be properly fed, washed and cared for and have quality interactions.
“We salute the minister’s commitment to consult with us fully during the process. She also recognizes the importance of the employees’ working conditions as they relate to the quality of the living environment, which is a fundamental consideration,” added Frédéric Brisson.
Finally, CUPE’s representatives took the opportunity afforded by the event to ask Minister Carmant whether the houses for seniors will be fully incorporated into the public health-care and social services system. Since they did not obtain a clear answer on this, they will be keeping a very close eye on how things will play out.
Photo: Manifestation du SCFP 4475 à Magog le 18 juin 2018 pour dénoncer la détresse du personnel et des patients dans le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux. Photo archives SCFP / Claude Roussel
Source: CUPE National