Ombudsman launching investigation into Ontario's oversight of long-term care during pandemic
2020-06-01 from cbc.ca
Ontario's ombudsman is launching an investigation into the province's oversight of long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic over concerns about conditions and outbreaks in facilities across the province.
This comes a week after a scathing military report revealed shocking conditions and practices in five of the province's long-term care homes where members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) had been called in to assist.
According to a news release, investigators will examine whether the oversight by the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health is "adequate to ensure the safety of residents and staff."
Among other things, the investigation will look at the handling of complaints, inspections of long-term care facilities, emergency plans put in place during the pandemic and communication to residents, staff and the public, the release said.
"The Canadian Armed Forces report painted a stunning portrait of the situation in long-term care during this crisis; our investigation will look at the systemic issues that led to it, and will make constructive recommendations for corrective action," Ombudsman Paul Dubé said in a statement.
"Determining the root causes of administrative dysfunction and recommending practical solutions is what we do."
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