Nicholas Simons on Public vs. Private Care
June 29, 2016 Town hall meeting organized by Nicholas Simons re. Silverstone project July 6, 2016 – The Local:
Responding to a VCH pamphlet about the Silverstone contract, Simons tells June 29 meeting he does not accept that public underwriting of a long-term care facility involving a for-profit operator qualifies as public care. “Long-term care for the Sunshine Coast would become a for- profit enterprise, owned and run by fairly large corporate players,” he says. He adds that the health authority is being disingenuous about the fate of current employees at Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge.
“Vancouver Coastal Health had the nerve to try to reassure folks by saying that everyone who was interested would have an interview with Trellis,” said Simons, citing examples of union workers elsewhere in BC that had been passed over when public facilities turned private.
Friday July 8, 2016 – Coast Reporter reports that at the June 29 meeting, MLA Nicholas Simons pledges to fight VCH plan for the future of long-term care on the lower Sunshine Coast.
August 19, 2016 – Coast Reporter:
Picture of Nicholas Simons with the petition opposing VCH’s closure of Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge facilities. “I think this plan can and should be stopped, and that the Ministry of Health (should) come and talk to the community to find a solution we can support,” Simons said.
February 3, 2017 – Coast Reporter:
NDP MLA Nicholas Simons says he and his party oppose the VCH plan and will fight to stop it. “The values of the party I represent, am proud to represent, are against the privatization of health care in any of its forms,” Simons says. “I am happy to have a petition in my office with about 10,000 signatures from people like you . . . .We’ll continue the fight – and thanks for putting some wind in my sails.”
March 3, 2017 – Coast Reporter:
Picture of Nicholas Simons presenting the petition in the Legislature. “Before tabling the petition, which at last count had 10,000 signatures, Simons raised the issue in Question Period, asking: ‘Will the (health) minister explain to the family members and caregivers why seniors are paying the price for this government’s failure?’”
March 30, 2017 – The Local:
In his column Nicholas Simons gives his views on seniors’ care:
I am strongly against the idea of introducing the profit motive in caring for seniors because we know the profit is taken away from the care. Public care is better. We have more control over it. It doesn’t involve the firing and possible re-hiring of employees. The level of care that’s achieved is better for our communities where we have living wages where people can afford to raise their family and contribute to the well-being of our community.
Yet we find ourselves in a position where government pretends that it doesn’t have capital to invest in public infrastructure. What they’re proposing is inadequate for our current needs, let alone our future needs.