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Elder abuse case: Personal support workers need governing body, group says

Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario’s personal support workers need their own governing body to offer more accountability to residents in long-term care and their families, says the head of a group that represents 25,000 of these workers. Miranda Ferrier, the president of Ontario Personal Support Worker Association, says judges often tell PSWs convicted of assault or theft that they can’t work in the field again. “But there’s no follow-up. There’s nothing to say that they can’t go to work privately,” she said.” Lawyer Graham Webb, the executive director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, a community legal aid clinic that specializes in elder law, say a governing body or “college” for PSWs would be a good idea.
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