Isaacs Calls on Government to reduce barriers for Care Aides

VICTORIA (June 25, 2018) Following a report from the BC Care Providers Association with ten recommendations to increase B.C.’s senior care sector, Coquitlam- Burke Mountain MLA and Official Opposition Seniors Critic Joan Isaacs is calling on the NDP government to reduce barriers for senior care workers in the province.

“While the need for health care professionals is only going to increase over time, we are seeing a drop in the number of Internationally educated health care professionals and workers form other provinces,” said Isaacs. “With the number of Health Care Aides graduating from B.C. universities and registering to work declining, we need to ensure that we are attracting talent from elsewhere.”

The government’s own estimates show that B.C. will need nearly 3,000 more health care aides over the next five years while at the same time, the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry reports that there are over 500 fewer health care aides registering to work in 2017 than in 2014. Fees for out-of-province and international senior care workers range from $800 to $2,000.

“The government needs to lower or eliminate the fees for the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS),” said Isaacs. “The number of outside workers registering as health care assistants has fallen by more than half in since 2015 due to costs of assessments and training. The government needs to reduce these barriers in order for British Columbia to have the senior care workers we need.”

The full report from the BC Care Providers can be viewed here