Jun 05, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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The opening day of the public inquiry into the actions of former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who admitted to killing long-term care patients, heard from lawyers representing the facilities who said her co-workers were betrayed.
(CBC News)
David Golden, a lawyer for Carresent Care, the Woodstock long-term care home where Wettlaufer committed her first crime, told the inquiry, the workers there were ”utterly betrayed by a fellow registered nurse who was supposedly working side-by-side, or so they thought, to accomplish the same goals of providing quality care.”
The inquiry, headed by Justice Eileen Gillese, is set to hear from 17 parties over nine weeks.
In her opening remarks to the inquiry, she told the room full of victims’ family members, health-care administrators and government officials, the goal is not to find wrongdoing but to re-establish trust in a system that failed Ontarians.
Wettlaufer is serving life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years after pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four of attempted murder and two of aggravated assault.
Hearings will take place mostly in June and July and a week each in August and September.
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