QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement regarding this morning’s FAO report on LTC:
“The FAO confirmed today that Ford’s plan for LTC falls well short of what is needed to improve care.
It falls 10,000 staff short to reach the promised and delayed 4 hours of care.
And it falls short on providing the necessary beds to keep up with an aging population.
Doug Ford failed to protect elders during COVID, and he’s failing to properly invest in LTC to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
If we want a more caring Ontario that prioritizes the wellbeing of elders and the people who care for our loved ones, it’s going to take a sense of urgency and political will.
The solutions are clear: investing in better pay and working conditions for PSWs and nurses including hiring more staff is critical to providing the care LTC residents deserve. We know there’s a direct link between quality of work and quality of care.
It’s on Ford to make that happen, but he’s clearly not up for the job.
Ford can’t keep punting responsibility for LTC down the line. He needs to step up and urgently address the issues in LTC by making the necessary investments immediately, not 4 years from now.”