ONTARIO PATIENTS OMBUDSMAN LAUNCHES LONG-TERM CARE INVESTIGATION

Jun 02, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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The office of the Ontario Patient Ombudsman is the latest to announce an investigation into long-term care after receiving more than 150 complaints.
It’ll focus on staffing levels, restrictions placed on visitors during COVID-19, efforts to prevent and control spread and communication of information to residents and caregivers.
The announcement comes the day after Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube launched his own probe of the government’s handling of the crisis in long-term care homes and the factors that contributed to over 1,600 deaths.
The government has not yet filled the role of Patient Ombudsman, after it was vacated by now Health Minister and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott in 2018.
Premier Doug Ford has said an independent commission into long-term care will begin works in July.
He’s promised to appear as a witness if called.
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