Wednesday, March 11, 2020

School Psychologists and Nursing homes not addressed in the budget

The New Brunswick Union is disappointed the provincial budget did not address two major concerns, namely the recruitment and retention of school psychologists and nursing home workers.
“The education systems are in desperate need of more school psychologists,” said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “We participated in a committee with government and stakeholders to address this concern, but we see no mention of it in the budget. It’s unfortunate the government seems satisfied with the status quo.”
Due to a lack of school psychologists, government has been contracting out services to the private sector at a much higher cost to taxpayers than making the salary and working conditions in the province more attractive so as to retain and recruit more psychologists to help the children of the New Brunswick.
As for the nursing home sector, again the province is facing recruitment and retention issues as injuries and burnout due to inadequate staffing continue to rise. The budget mentions, “$5 million to help move Alternative Level of Care (ALC) patients out of the hospitals and to relocate them into nursing homes and special care homes.”
This will only increase the issues facing nursing homes.
“The issue of staffing in nursing homes not only affects employees, but the residents as well,” said Proulx-Daigle. “With an aging population this situation will only get worse and it’s unfortunate the budget didn’t reflect this reality.”
The government did provide tax reductions for landlords and cottage owners.
“It’s indicative of this government’s priorities when the needs of the elderly and working class don’t seem to be as much of a priority as tax cuts for wealthier New Brunswickers.”