Wettlaufer inquiry told co-workers “betrayed” by disgraced nurse who murdered patients

Inquiry in St. Thomas, ON, aims to re-establish trust in long-term care system, expected to last 9 weeks

Kate Dubinski, CBC News

The opening day of the public inquiry into the actions of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who admitted to killing nursing home patients over a period of years, heard from lawyers representing Ontario long-term care homes who said her co-workers were betrayed by the disgraced nurse.”A group of health-care providers were utterly betrayed by a fellow registered nurse who was supposedly working side by side, or so they thought, to accomplish the same goals of providing quality care,” said David Golden, lawyer for Carresent Care, the Woodstock facility where Wettlaufer committed her first murder. The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry, established on Aug. 1, 2017, after Wettlaufer was sentenced to eight concurrent life terms, is headed by Justice Eileen Gillese. It’s set to hear from 17 parties over nine weeks. Tuesday’s first day began with introductory statements from a number of witnesses, long-term care agencies and regulatory bodies. Gillese opening the inquiry by saying it will aim to re-establish trust in a system that failed Ontarians.

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