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Investment in Home Care Good First Step

Today’s government investment of $1.86 million is a good step forward for home care workers and the people they care for, says NSGEU President Jason MacLean.

“This is a necessary investment that not only supports people getting care at home but also shows the people providing care that their safety and well-being is also a priority,” said MacLean. “Home care is the fastest growing sector in health care. More needs to be done to make sure the supply of dedicated, trained, health care professionals can keep up with the demand for home care.”

Many young people who enter the sector burn out quickly and leave for better paying jobs in the Acute or Long Term Care sector.

“Home care workers are some of the most dedicated and compassionate people working in health care and government needs to treat them with the same respect they do other health care professionals. Due to the lack of long term care beds those needing care at home are sicker and have more complex needs than at any time in the past. Government needs to be willing to invest in these dedicated people so they know they have the security and foundation to make Home Care their career for the long term.”

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The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.

For more information, please contact:

Lucas Wide 902-497-5010 (cell)

NSGEU Communications Officer

902-424-4063 (office) 877-556.7438 (toll free) lwide@nsgeu.ca

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