An impartial fee learning the devastating results of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care properties says the province ought to urgently deal with the difficulty of staffing shortages.
In its letter to the Minister of Lengthy-Time period Care Merrilee Fullerton, the Lengthy-Time period Care COVID-19 Fee says the federal government should spend more cash so the properties can rent extra private assist staff and nurses.
The fee says the province ought to implement its personal staffing plan that got here out of an inquiry right into a serial-killing nurse who preyed upon nursing dwelling residents.
It additionally says households ought to have ongoing entry to their family members within the properties, and that the province ought to guarantee these services strengthen their an infection prevention and management protocols.
One other suggestion says the federal government ought to instantly mandate and formalize relationships between the properties, hospitals and public well being models.
The fee is investigating how the novel virus unfold within the long-term care system and can submit its closing report on April 30, 2021.