This week, the 4 conservative Atlantic premiers, together with Ontario’s Premier Ford, introduced their concept of bringing in privatization in well being care, as a substitute of coping with the recruitment and retention disaster.
The premiers floated the concept of publicly funded however privately operated well being care companies. CUPE, which represents roughly 16,000 well being care employees within the 4 Atlantic provinces, is looking on the premiers to retract their statements and rule out privatization.
One of many authorities’s elementary jobs is delivering good public companies for all. Handing over this duty to non-public firms means they don’t need to meet their fundamental job necessities as premiers.
Privatization won’t clear up staffing points. It merely drains employees from the general public sector to the personal sector, shifting folks round as a substitute of bringing extra folks in it. It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Within the U.S., the place well being care is totally privatized, they’ve huge employees shortages, so let’s not fall into that lure.
Earlier this 12 months, the American Hospital Affiliation known as the workforce scarcity in U.S. hospitals a “nationwide emergency.” In July 2022, U.S. Information reported that employees shortages have been “choking the U.S. well being care system.”
Our governments should give attention to public options, like eradicating boundaries to entry within the workforce, chopping tuition charges, stopping the casualization of the work and bettering working situations for all, to be able to retain employees.