Ontario Government Scraps PSW Registry
Four years after the Ontario government
promised to protect patients by
creating a registry for personal support
workers (PSWs), the government has
decided to scrap it.
Former health minister Deb Matthews
promised to elevate PSWs, who are the
front-line of the province’s home and
long term care, providing all non-medical
care. A key component of her plan
was to shift care out of costly hospitals
and into communities.
But the Ontario government has instead
perpetuated a system where
PSWs make less than minimum wage.
“The result has been high turnover and
compromised care,” says France Gelinas,
NDP Health Critic. “A revolving
door of PSWs doesn’t know the needs
of their patients, who in turn feel uncomfortable
dealing with new faces.”