Unifor welcomes the establishment of an expert advisory panel on Nova Scotia’s long-term care system.

“The system is under-funded. Workers, most of whom are women, earn low to modest wages. The funding cuts by the McNeil government have made it harder for a system that was already challenged to deliver high quality care,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director.

“Workers are stressed to the max, working short staffed, and worried about their patients and residents, most of whom are seniors.”

The panel was announced today by Health Minister Randy Delorey.

Unifor which represents about 2,000 workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the province has been voicing its concerns about the impact of cuts to nursing home budgets for some time. It was one of the union’s key issues during last spring’s provincial election.

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