Chinese takeover spells trouble for B.C. seniors

By on July 27, 2017
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Editor:

Kamloops Senior Village, one of the facilities recently sold to the Chinese company Anbang despite province-wide protest, are making the cost cutting changes that we were all so afraid of. Government reports showed that this facility was not meeting the standard of 3.36 care hours per resident per day, even before the Anbang buyout. And now, under the new ownership, they are cutting their care hours by 75 hours per week. This is being done despite the fact that currently, residents are not being given a bath at least once a week due to a lack of staff.

According to the Health Ministry’s new action plan for seniors, an agreement was to be incorporated between the Ministry and the Health Authorities to ensure that all facilities would comply with an increase in staffing levels when necessary to meet standards. This agreement was to be implemented by April, 2017. Did the ministry fail to meet the timeline, or has IHA failed to honour this agreement? 

Now that Anbang is making the move to cut care hours, there can be little doubt that they will use their right to protest any new regulation that “undermines their investment” by appealing to the Foreign Investment Protection Agency (FIPA). And considering how popular Chinese investment in Canada has become, how do you think FIPA will rule? Will they protect our seniors, or foreign investment? This uncertainty that puts our seniors at risk is the very reason why so many B.C. residents protested this takeover.

Judy Galley

Sorrento, B.C.

5 Comments

  1. Cynthia Blatherwick

    July 31, 2017 at 1:16 am

    There ought to be a law against foreign ownership of our health care facilities!

    • Betty-Anne Pap

      August 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Write A letter to your member of parliament as well as to your MLA. Or is only when we become vocal that change occurs.

  2. Bet

    July 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    It is the privatization that is a problem-a big problem-(not the chinese ownership)- The other big problem is the lack of enforcement of contracts ..so, contact your MLA! (as a first step). If you do not organize and push, nothing will improve.

  3. rawn homer

    August 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    There are contracts for occasions when a rich man marries a poor girl. They agree not to sue for compensation. Why don’t we make foreign owners sign a contract that doesn’t allow them to use any law to get a better deal?

  4. glen rutherford

    August 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    we need a government that takes care of the elderly seriously. It requires some changes in law for example there could be a law that if you work more than a certain amount of time you automatically become permanent and legally entitled to benefits as a full time employee.
    Justin promised to invest heavily in infrastructure so he has his chance now. If he cant’ do it maybe the NDP can. We know the Cons wont’ help they had their chance. There is no benefit to Canadians in privatizing our own essential services.

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