AG REPORT: LONG-TERM CARE HOMES DON'T ALWAYS FOLLOW RESIDENTS PLAN OF CARE
Dec 04, 2019
By Bob Komsic
Ontario long-term care homes don’t consistently follow residents’ plan of care, while patient safety culture should be given higher priority in some hospitals.
Those are just two of the findings of the auditor general’s annual report.
Bonnie Lysyk says of the one-million patients discharged every year by hospitals, about 67,000 were harmed during treatment.
As for long-term care, she also found that food provided to the 77,000 residents in the over 620 facilities does not always meet established standards for nutritional value or quality.
The AG says residents generally received sufficient protein in their diets, but also given too much sugar and not enough fibre.
On the environment, the auditor general says the government likely won’t meet its emissions-reductions targets if it sticks with its current climate plan, something that she points out the Ford Tories acknowledge.
The audit also found a backlog of criminal cases in the courts is growing as courtrooms only operate an average of about three-hours-a-day.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that cases must be dealt with in certain time frames or be thrown out.
Lysyk says almost 200 in Ontario have been stayed the last three years for that reason.