Manitoba Nurses Union Releases Landmark Long-Term Care Report Amid Concern of Care Reductions

Publish date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

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The Manitoba Nurses Union has released a landmark report on the future of long-term care in Manitoba, MNU President Sandi Mowat announced today. The report comes at a time of growing concern for the provision of safe patient care in the sector.

“The provincial government cut funding for long-term care by $2.3-million in their 2018 Budget, and we’ve been hearing persistent rumours that they are now considering reducing the hours of care residents receive,” said Mowat. “Unfortunately, to date the government has not responded to our concerns. This is a critical issue for all Manitobans — our hope is this report prompts a public discussion about the importance of ensuring we’re providing the best care possible for Manitoba’s seniors.”

MNU is recommending that the provincial government amend existing staffing guidelines to ensure every Personal Care Home provides the expert recommended minimum of 4.1 direct care hours per day, and that these guidelines are included in legislation to ensure compliance. Further recommendations cover the importance of ensuring sufficient funding for PCHs, implementing a provincial health human resources strategy, ensuring adequate public data collection, and a review of the future supply of PCH beds in Manitoba.

“Safe staffing levels ensure the provision of safe, high quality care. It’s more than just an expense for our health care system – we’re talking about providing the care our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles deserve in their final stage of life,” added Mowat. “As our population ages, and care needs become more complex, demand for long-term care services is increasing. We can’t just ignore the problem.”

The report, entitled The Future of Long-Term Care is Now: Addressing nursing care needs in Manitoba’s Personal Care Homes, provides in-depth analysis of relevant research and Manitoba’s long-term care sector, including a literature review, original focus group and survey research, a profile of nursing workloads, and six key recommendations. The report is available for free download at manitobanurses.ca.

MNU represents over 12,000 nurses of all designations across the province.

MNU Long-Term Care Report

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