Let for-profits build LTC homes, and mission-driven entities run them – Says the report from Ontario’s Long-term Care Commission

Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

With files from Elizabeth Payne

The commission, headed by Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco, Dr. Jack Kitts, former president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, and Angela Coke, a former senior executive on the provincial public service, has been at work since last September. The report criticized Ontario’s lack of preparation for a pandemic, especially after the lessons learned in the 2003 SARS crisis, LTC homes, which had been neglected for decades by successive governments, were easy targets for uncontrolled outbreaks, it said. The report said it would take leaders with hearts and minds to re-imagine long-term care in Ontario.

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