Report of abuse in Ontario nursing homes shocks provincial officials but not experts

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario Premier Doug Ford vowed to do everything in his power to fix long-term care Tuesday after releasing a report from the Canadian Armed Forces that detailed poor infection control, lack of adequate nutrition and allegations of abuse and neglect inside five Ontario homes where soldiers were brought in to help during the pandemic. But the horrifying details in the military report came as no surprise to close observers and critics of Ontario’s long-term care system, who have long charged that the province’s nursing homes have been neglected for years, leaving families stunned as they’ve watched loved ones face pain, fear and inadequate care.

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