Ontario’s long-term care minister says the federal government is taking motion to deal with issues highlighted in a report outlining the province’s neglect of nursing properties within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Merrilee Fullerton mentioned the deaths of residents and workers in long-term care properties should not be in useless at a press convention on Monday. Nevertheless, Fullerton largely blamed the problems plaguing the properties on earlier provincial governments.
“The report makes it clear that the teachings discovered from SARS have been forgotten or weren’t carried out within the long-term care sector,” she mentioned. “The report additionally makes it clear that the long-standing points uncared for by successive governments contributed to the unfold of COVID–19.”
Fullerton mentioned the federal government is transferring to deal with a extreme staffing scarcity, enhance high quality of take care of residents and construct new beds. Fullerton mentioned extra modifications are coming which is able to enhance residents’ “high quality of life” and their “emotional wellbeing.”
The Ontario Lengthy-Time period Care COVID-19 Fee referred to as for an overhaul of the sector in its closing report, delivered to the federal government Friday evening.
The 322-page report mentioned the long-term care sector was not correctly ready for a pandemic, which was then made worse by the Ontario authorities’s “gradual response” when COVID-19 first hit the province.
“Most of the challenges that had festered within the long-term care sector for many years — continual underfunding, extreme staffing shortages, outdated infrastructure and poor oversight — contributed to lethal penalties for Ontario’s most susceptible residents in the course of the pandemic,” the commissioners wrote.
“Now could be the time to revisit the supply mannequin for long-term care and undertake a greater means to supply take care of Ontario’s seniors,” the report mentioned.
A complete of three,760 long-term care residents and 11 workers have died of COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic hit.
The minister abruptly ended her press convention by strolling out whereas individuals have been nonetheless within the queue each on the cellphone and in-person with questions.
— With recordsdata from Jessica Patton
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