Sep 24, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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An emotional day at a public inquiry as families of those killed or harmed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer accused the long-term care system of not heeding red flags that may have stopped the former nurse.
Arpad Horvath Jr., whose father was the last of eight nursing home residents killed by her, told the inquiry he would still be here if it wasn’t for the ”gross incompetence of people”.
The distraught son also slammed key players in the long-term care sector for not admitting their mistakes.
”They put money and reputation in front of a human life — it’s pathetic,” Horovath said, banging the lectern with his fist.
”These are human lives.  These are people who meant something to someone.”.
Andrea Silcox, the daughter of Wettlaufer’s first victim, also testified.
”My father’s death has seriously shaken my faith in the long-term care system.”
While a lawyer for her siblings read out a statement.
”Without radical changes … we are not hopeful that the glaring problems unearthed by the inquiry will be solved,” said the Silcox family.
Final recommendations from the inquiry are expected by July 31, 2019. 
Wettlaufer pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison.
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