Long-term care minister says Ontario is taking action to address the problems highlighted in the report

Ontario’s long-term care minister says the government is taking action to address the problems highlighted in a report of neglect of the province’s homes in the early months of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Marile Fullerton said that the deaths of residents and employees in long-term care homes at a press conference on Monday should not be in vain. However, Fullerton mainly attributed the issues on previous provincial governments to damage to homes.

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“The report clarifies that lessons learned from SARS were forgotten or not implemented in the long-term care sector,” she said. “The report also clarifies that long-standing issues neglected by successive governments contributed to the spread of COVID19. “

Fullerton said the government was moving forward to address the acute staff shortage, improve the quality of care for residents and build new beds. Fullerton said more changes are coming that will improve the residents’ “quality of life” and their “emotional well-being”.

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The Ontario Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission, in its final report, called for an overhaul of the sector, which was delivered to the government on Friday night.

The 322-page report said the long-term care sector was not properly prepared for an epidemic, which was made worse by the Ontario government’s “slow response” when COVID-19 first hit the province Was.

The commissioners wrote, “The many challenges that had long been in the care sector for decades – chronic underfading, severe staff shortages, chronic infrastructure and poor surveillance – contributed to fatal consequences for Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens during the epidemic.” gave.”

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The report stated, “Now is the time to re-elect the delivery model for long-term care and adopt a better approach to care for Ontario’s senior citizens.”

A total of 3,760 long-term care residents and 11 employees of COVID-19 have died due to the epidemic.

The minister abruptly quit and ended his press conference while people were still in the queue of questions, both on the phone and in-person.

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With files by jessica patton

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