Saturday, February 11, 2017

--Of Alberta’s 24,947 publicly-funded continuing care beds, 40 per cent are operated by private providers, 30 per cent are run by non-profit organizations while 29 per cent are run by Alberta Health Services or its subsidiaries. “I really like that we have a variety of options available,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said. “I would encourage people to look at the reviews we have on our website, of the audits that happen at these different facilities, and be able to draw their own conclusions.”----------Julie Ali 2 mins · Shared via AddThis · AUPE -just has "concerns" about the transformation of the NDP folks we hired. I am curious why the AUPE folks are so mild. Just concerns? No uprising yet? When will AUPE members yap? Never. The AUPE folks will mildly comment that the NDP haven't kept their promises but they know they are better off with the NDP than any other political party. The NDP are the new PCs. And why would we expect the new elite to be any different than the old elite? It's private continuing care all the way and I doubt that any changes will happen under the PCs for our most defenceless citizens in continuing care.

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Alberta's largest union concerned about new private long-term care spaces

Alberta's largest union concerned about new private long-term care spaces
Global News
The largest union in Alberta has concerns about how the government is fulfilling a campaign promise of adding 2,000 new long-term care spaces.
Rachel Notley’s NDP has set aside $365 million in its current capital budget for long-term care and dementia spaces. However, some of that funding is being used through the Affordable Supporting Living Initiative (ASLI), which provides funding to a number of different providers, including private-for-profit organizations.
“Over the next two years, there will be more long-term care beds but it will be in the private sector,” Guy Smith, the president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, said.
“There’s better levels of care provided in the public system, there’s less bureaucracy and there’s more money going directly to care.”
As proof, Smith points to a report from the Parkland Institute that found private continuing care operators provided a lower standard of care when compared to public facilities.
Of Alberta’s 24,947 publicly-funded continuing care beds, 40 per cent are operated by private providers, 30 per cent are run by non-profit organizations while 29 per cent are run by Alberta Health Services or its subsidiaries.
“I really like that we have a variety of options available,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said. “I would encourage people to look at the reviews we have on our website, of the audits that happen at these different facilities, and be able to draw their own conclusions.”
According to Hoffman, the NDP inherited 31 ASLI projects from the outgoing Progressive Conservative government. After reviewing them, her office eventually approved 25 of them and was able to increase the number of long-term and dementia care beds included in those projects.
The government isn’t currently accepting any more proposals through the ASLI program but the minister wouldn’t rule it out, as long as they’re able to increase the number of beds available for waiting seniors.
“Before we make decisions on how to move forward, I think it’s best that we consider all of our options,” Hoffman said. “That’s what I’ve asked my department, and my staff, to do.” (WM)
AUPE -just has "concerns" about the transformation of the NDP folks we hired. I am curious why the AUPE folks are so mild. Just concerns? No uprising yet?
When will AUPE members yap? Never. The AUPE folks will mildly comment that the NDP haven't kept their promises but they know they are better off with the NDP than any other political party.
The NDP are the new PCs. And why would we expect the new elite to be any different than the old elite? It's private continuing care all the way and I doubt that any changes will happen under the PCs for our most defenceless citizens in continuing care.
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