Nursing Home Collective Bargaining is based on an old fashioned model highly out of date:
The public needs accurate information about the CUPE/Nursing Homes Dispute, not simply a recitation of positions given by sound bytes in the media that only convey bargaining positions.
Collective bargaining was originally conceived during times in which employers took advantage of workers in their quest for profits! For many years, the role of unions was paramount in bringing civility to working conditions and fair compensation. History records many high profile strikes erupting into violence as the two sides to the dispute fought for their respective positions.
Nursing homes have been challenging places in which to work and some have been fairly unpleasant. Such is not generally the case now as many nursing homes have been replaced with modern facilities that have labor-saving equipment and much better programming. Read more here
With the number of health professionals engaged in the system in New Brunswick, there can be nothing but excuses for lack of timely access to good primary care or to good specialty care, for that matter! Excuses…we have heard them all, right?
The Health Council of New Brunswick reports that while most New Brunswickers seem happy enough with the NB Health System. But wait, you need to dig a little deeper. In the Health System Report Card of 2016 New Brunswickers gave Primary Health a D ranking, acute care a B ranking, Supportive/Specialty Service a D ranking. Efficiency was ranked D while all other indicators were ranked as C. This hardly speaks to the excellence that New Brunswickers should enjoy!
Another Health Council report published more recently, observes that New Brunswick has physicians, nurses and social workers on a per capita basis than other provinces and more than the national average. New Brunswick has 113 family doctors per 100,000 population compared to the national average of 106; 6.6% difference. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.