Physiotherapist's union urging government to expand eligibility for pandemic pay supplement

 

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) is urging the government to expand the eligibility criteria for the pandemic pay supplement.

The OPA is asking the Province to expand the criteria in order to ensure all health care professionals are included in the program.

The OPA represents more than 6,000 members across Ontario, which includes physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and students.

The OPA said in a statement: “We commend the government for expanding the list of eligible health workers after the initial statement was issued. This was an important first step, but more must be done to ensure that COVID-19 patients have access to all the care they need.”

Additionally, the OPA pointed out many physiotherapists are providing treatment to patients with a wide range of living situations, therefore risking exposure to the virus.

“We work in close contact with COVID-19 patients, often for long periods of time, often with limited access to the appropriate PPE, providing critical care including providing basic care needs, helping patients breathe, managing pain, rehabilitating lost function and regaining independence,” Paulette Gardiner Millar, OPA President, said in the release.

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