CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT ACCUSES PROVINCE OF NEGLIGENCE IN OVERSIGHT OF LONG-TERM CARE
Jun 11, 2020
By Bob Komsic
A class-action lawsuit’s being launched against the province, alleging negligence in the oversight of long-term care that resulted in ”widespread and avoidable illness, suffering and loss of life.”
The Toronto-based law firm that launched it also alleges the government breached the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, saying ”for too long, the elderly and invalid have been ignored in this province.”
”Now that it is faced with a health crisis, Ontario’s failures are on full display. It is the most vulnerable members of society, and their families, who are facing the consequences,” Kirk Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP, said in a statement.
In response, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Long-Term Care points out as the province prepares to launch an independent commission next month ”every option is on the table” to improve long-term care.
Nursing home residents have accounted for 64.3% of COVID-19-related deaths in the province.