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Minister should not defend broken inspection system, says Schreiner

Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the Premier’s press conference on inspections in long-term care homes:

QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the Premier’s press conference on inspections in long-term care homes:

“I am disappointed that the Minister of Long-Term Care would continue to defend an inspection system that was allowing horrendous conditions to continue unchecked.

It is unacceptable that just nine homes received resident quality inspections in 2019, and the Minister should not downplay the importance of these comprehensive inspections for keeping our elders safe.

The military exposed abuse and neglect that our inspection system should have caught and the Minister must admit these basic facts.

I urge the Premier to announce inspections for every facility where there was an outbreak, instead of only committing to inspecting the worst of the worst.

Yesterday’s report caught the Premier off-guard, exposing just how unaware the Ford government is of the dire situation in long-term care.

Now the Premier should be moving mountains to inspect every long-term care home and take over any home with a significant outbreak.”