Angles on strike
by Francois Pan on May 3, 2015 - 7:33am
The original news report Crisis in health-care deepens was written by Bob Hepburn and published on the website of Toronto Stars on 12th February 2015.
Angles on Strike
Lately, nearly three thousand nurses and health-care workers from 10 Community Care Access Centers across Ontario went on strike to protest against the degrading provincial health-care system. With the underfunded home and community care, the efficiency of health-care delivery has been greatly reduced. More importantly, with merely 5% of the provincial health-care budget invested in home care and community care, overworked and underpaid health professionals are often struggling or even failing in meeting the increasing demands for health-care services. As the result of the growing pressure on health professionals and an ever tightening budget, over ten thousand patients, from young to elderly, receive little to no care at home, at schools and in nursing homes. It can be observed in many CCACs that managers in an effort to save money force the care coordinators to trim off home-care services. For private companies who are contracted by CCACs to deliver direct services, time restrictions are often imposed by the managers on their employees. On one hand these short-term financially beneficial measures often fail to take into account the local CACCs’ workers’ mental and physical well-being. On the other hand, the needy patients who do not have the financial capacity to pay for private health-care often fail to receive proper treatment as the consequence of the government’s cut in health-care budget.