Why doesn’t Ontario want health-care workers to be accountable?

Christie Blatchford, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen

They do the most intimate of health-care jobs with the most vulnerable citizens: the elderly, the sick, the mentally ill, the disabled. If your old, sick dad needs a diaper change, it’s likely a personal support worker (PSW) who will do it. If your aging aunt needs help to go to the toilet, guess who will be helping her there. If your crabby, frightened mother has stopped eating, it’s a PSW who may try to convince her, and if she throws up after a few bites, it’s the same woman who will clean her up. For such glamorous work, PSWs in Ontario earn the princely sum of between $13.75 (private home care) to $19 an hour (for those working for publicly funded home care agencies): they really are the heavy lifters in health care. Yet PSWs remain entirely ungoverned, unlike just about every other health-care section, and in Ontario, they’ve been begging the government in vain for years for the tools to make themselves accountable.

Read the rest here: