Manitoba Nurses Union Concerned Staffing Levels Could Be Reduced

Manitoba Nurses Union Concerned Staffing Levels Could Be Reduced

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WINNIPEG — A new report from the Manitoba Nurses Union says the province isn’t doing enough to ensure staffing levels are maintained in personal care homes.

The report, entitled The Future of Long-Term Care is Now, recommends the province amend existing staffing guidelines to ensure every licensed personal care home provides a minimum of 4.1 direct care hours per resident per day.

“The provincial government cut funding for long-term care by $2.3 million in their 2018 budget, and we’ve been hearing persistent rumours that they are now considering reducing the hours of care residents receive,” said MNU president Sandi Mowat.

“Unfortunately, to date the government has not responded to our concerns. This is a critical issue for all Manitobans — our hope is this report prompts a public discussion about the importance of ensuring we’re providing the best care possible for Manitoba’s seniors.”

The MNU wants guidelines to guarantee staffing levels in personal care homes written into legislation to ensure compliance. The union also wants to see sufficient funding in place for PCHs, a provincial health human resources strategy implemented, adequate public data collection, and a review of the future supply of PCH beds in Manitoba.

“As our population ages, and care needs become more complex, demand for long-term care services is increasing. We can’t just ignore the problem,” Mowat added.

The complete report can be read below:

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