Oct 08, 2021
By Jane Brown
Despite current efforts by the Ford Progressive Conservatives to build 30,000 new long term care beds, a new poll of Ontario residents, aged 55 and older, finds nearly 9 in 10 want to stay in their own homes and remain out of the province’s retirement and long term care system as long as possible.
The Campaign Research survey says the reason is primarily because of what COVID-19 has wrought on these facilities.
Libby Znaimer spoke with new Long Term Care Minister Rod Phillips Thursday on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back and asked him for his reaction to Ontario having the worst record for COVID-19 related deaths in long term care out of western nations.
“People who’ve lost loved ones, I mean they blame your government,” Libby told Phillips who replied, “And I can understand that and I’ve spoken to many of them and every single death and every unnecessary death is a tragedy so I understand their view and I listen to them.”
Listen to Libby’s full conversation with Rod Phillips by clicking here.
More than 4000 Ontario residents died in long term care due to the pandemic, and more than 17,000 residents have been infected.