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One step closer to a “Safe Long-Term Care Act”

BCHC member organizations and individuals were part of the 18,000 Canadians who helped shape the new draft LTC standards, recently released by Health Standard Organization.

In a recent blog post, we shared our initial reaction to the draft standards. While there is a lot to applaud about these updated standards, we worry about the lack of funding and commitment to legislate new standards will limit implementation.

The new draft standards [also] fail to acknowledge the majority of Canadians who wish to see for-profit long-term care phased out. In BCHC members’ submissions to HSO, the theme of for-profit care resounded loud and clear. Neither the new report nor the draft standards make any mention of how ownership shapes the experiences of staff and residents. “Reconsidering the provision of For-Profit LTC Care” was identified as a key issue in HSO’s What We Heard Report #1. What happened since then? 

The draft standards are open for public feedback until March 27th, 2022. 


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  • BC Health Coalition participated in an international panel on universal health care, hosted by the NC Medicare For All Coalition in January. Watch BCHC Campaigner Ayendri Riddell and Anti-Privatization Working Group Co-chair Colleen Fuller’s presentation about the history and present of Medicare in Canada. WATCH HERE.


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