Following the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) release of its research report The Forgotten Generation: An Urgent Call for Reform in New Brunswick’s Long-Term Care Sector, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour joins its voice in calling for a public inquiry into the long-term care sector.
“The New Brunswick Nurses Union’s report sheds the light on some very troubling data,” says New Brunswick Federation of Labour President, Daniel Legere. “Given that long-term care residents are particularly vulnerable to the spread of covid-19 and what we have seen happen in other provinces, it is all the more important to investigate through a public inquiry how we can improve the quality of long-term care.”
Here are some of the data found in the NBNU long-term care research report:
• Staffing levels are inadequate to ensure quality: A comprehensive study of long-term care staffing levels found that a minimum of 4.1 care hours per day is needed to ensure quality care.
New Brunswick allows for 2.89 hours of care per nursing home resident per day. Many nursing homes cannot even meet this standard, with 31 nursing homes failing to meet this benchmark 2019 and over 70 non-compliance noticed being issued between 2017 and 2019.
• Government oversight and transparency is lacking: New Brunswick is one of only two provinces that has not meaningfully contributed to the Canadian Institute for Health Information long¬term care databases over the last decade. Government refuses to share any information about its contractual arrangements with Shannex despite repeated calls to do so, including by the New Brunswick’s Information and Privacy Commissioner.
• Violence is on the rise: Since 2013, employees of nursing homes in New Brunswick have had more than double the number of accepted violence claims (22.5%) as compared to employees working in NB prisons (9%).
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the NBNU for investing the time and resources to compile this valuable information,” adds Legere. “It’s very timely given that Prime Minister Trudeau is proposing discussing with Canada’s Premiers how they can set national standards for long-term care homes in Canada.”
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is the central voice of organized labour in the province. It represents 38,000 unionized workers who live and work throughout the province.
For information, please contact:
Daniel Legere, NBFL President
(506) 857-2125 (w) / (506) 381-8969