VANCOUVER (March 13, 2019) – BC Liberal MLAs Linda Reid and Norm Letnick are calling out the NDP government for reducing choice and driving up costs for seniors by moving private home support services into health authorities. This move comes at a time when British Columbia is facing an acute shortage of care aides for seniors.
“It’s about choices for seniors and innovation of the home support system, which comes from an array of providers,” says Linda Reid, BC Liberal Critic for Seniors Care and MLA for Richmond South Centre. “Today’s announcement will reduce both.”
The NDP made these cuts to consumer choice and created service reductions without any consultation with the sector, just weeks after the province celebrated home-care support workers in Victoria.
“The system needs innovation and there is no room for petty politics when it comes to the health of British Columbians,” adds Norm Letnick, BC Liberal Critic for Health and MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “The NDP are targeting hard-working senior care providers just like they did to MRI providers. This appears to be another example of the government picking winners and losers based on which union donated the most the NDP. Who will be their next target?”
Today’s announcement will impact Vancouver Health, Fraser Health, and Island Health.