TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG — Yesterday, 173 new cases of COVID-19 were reported and Winnipeg Centre is currently dealing with an outbreak in a long-term care home. NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) and NDP MLA Uzoma Asagwara (Union Station) are calling on the federal government to take out profit from long term care homes and increase protections for workers as the COVID-19 outbreak in Winnipeg worsens.
“We need to take profit out of home care,” said Gazan. This is about taking care of people, and we should not be profiting on the backs of seniors. This has been made even worse by the extreme cutbacks to health care by the Pallister government. We are in a crisis.”
The deaths in long-term care home across the country is a national tragedy. Family members are now increasingly concerned for the health and safety of their loved ones living in long-term care. The NDP is calling on the federal government to make substantial investments to ensure facilities have the resources they need to properly care for residents and staff.
“Manitobans deserve a government who matches their commitment to stay safe and healthy,” said Asagwara. “They need to listen to healthcare workers and residents and work together to keep the virus from spreading and to make sure residents get the care they deserve. Personal care homes should be about patient care not profit.”