Thursday February 23, 2012

Budget News

Ombudsman's Challenge Ignored  

BC budget puts the province amongst lowest for health spending

Released by Cupe HEU

C Budget 2012: Silence on seniors' care, higher MSP premiums for families, and B.C. slides to 9th place in in investment in its citizens' health care.

B.C.'s largest health care union says the provincial budget represents a lost opportunity to make strategic investments in seniors care and in the health of its citizens.

The 43,000-member Hospital Employees' Union says the budget confirms that the Clark government won't implement any of the substantial recommendations made by the provincial ombudsperson Kim Carter last week to improve seniors' care in B.C.

HEU secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson says that it is disappointing that the province did not take up the ombudsperson's challenge to establish regulatory standards on basic care issues like bathing frequency - or to implement minimum  staffing levels in the sector.

Pearson notes that nearly every health authority has failed to meet the recommended staffing guidelines for residential care facilities, and that they will continue to miss the mark without additional investments in the sector.

The budget also confirms that B.C. families will see another four per cent hike  in MSP premiums next year and that for the first time, the government will collect more than $2 billion through this regressive health care tax.


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