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Man fears city putting up barriers to participation in long-term care meetings

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa man who has spoken out about the poor quality of medical care his mother received in a city-run long-term care home, says he fears the city is putting up barriers to participation in long-term care “engagement meetings” it has scheduled for the next week. City officials promised town halls earlier this summer to talk about long-term care after the province issued a rare order telling the city to improve safety and care at its homes. The order came amid chronic non-compliance issues at three of the city’s four long-term care homes and several high profile incidents, including the abuse of a resident by a personal support worker. In a letter to city officials in charge of long-term care, Chris Burton, whose mother is in long-term care, said he fears the city is creating an “unnecessary and potentially intimidating barrier to participation” in the meetings.

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