Auditor to review Ottawa’s long-term care homes, as more complaints brought forward

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa’s auditor general will turn his focus to this city’s troubled long-term care system in the fall, the Citizen has learned. Ken Hughes said Wednesday that issues within city-run long-term care have been brought to his attention. “When we looked, we felt it was something we should audit.” News of the audit comes as more concerns have been brought to the Citizen about medical errors and failure to follow physician’s orders at a city-run long-term care home, issues that one man says sent his mother to hospital three times last year. The retired charted professional accountant and technology executive, who asked to remain anonymous, was so concerned about the pattern of errors he was seeing that he warned officials about a pending “catastrophe” if things didn’t improve. “I was afraid they were going to kill someone,” he said.

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