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Given that Finance Minister Éric Girard confirmed in his economic update that Quebec is running a surplus, Réseau FADOQ is disappointed that the Legault government didn’t seize the opportunity to announce measures to improve quality of life for seniors.
Minister Girard could have taken meaningful action. He could have used the economic update to increase the tax credit for caregivers, one of the CAQ’s election promises. The same goes for the tax credit for supporting seniors.
A lack of investment in long-term care has also left Réseau FADOQ scratching its head. Although the government has shown a political will to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable seniors in our society, the fact remains that one year after the CAQ was voted into power, over 3,100 people are still waiting for spaces in CHSLDs and shocking cases of elder abuse still make the headlines all too often.
Réseau FADOQ is also critical of a lack of initiatives to improve work organization in the health system. Healthcare workers are running on empty and need help. The economic update was a perfect opportunity to review staff/patient ratios. Instead, compelling results from pilot projects will be ignored until further notice.
It goes without saying that given the acceleration of population aging in Quebec, Minister Girard’s omissions are a source of concern for Réseau FADOQ. We sincerely hope the situation will be rectified in the next provincial budget.