Regina: CUPE Local 5430, the union representing public health care providers in Regina and area, is calling on the provincial government to ensure that all new long-term care beds remain publicly funded and administered.
“The provincial government announced 600 new beds in Regina, but has only confirmed that less than half of the beds will remain publicly operated. Through the COVID-19 pandemic we saw what a difference public long-term care makes,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE Local 5430. “Private care providers often took shortcuts with staffing levels, personal protective equipment and the health of residents. In fact, four out of five COVID-19 related deaths in Canada have either been residents or staff of a long-term care home – the highest proportion in the world, and many of these outbreaks were in for-profit spaces.”