CARP CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR FIRING OF LONG-TERM CARE MINISTER COMES UP IN ONTARIO LEGISLATURE

Nov 24, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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The online campaign calling for the firing of Ontario’s long-term care minister was brought up by the deputy leader of the Official Opposition.
”The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) has joined the chorus of voices expressing their concern about the government’s failure to address the crisis in long-term care,” said NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh.
She then read the call to action by CARP accusing Merrilee Fullerton of failing to protect nursing home residents in the second wave of COVID-19.
”We can’t afford to wait any longer in protecting vulnerable residents in Ontario’s outbreak stricken long-term care homes.  The time for change is now and it starts at the top,” Singh read.
”CARP goes on to say ‘Remove the Ontario minister of long-term care so that we, as a province, have a fighting chance to fix the system before we suffer another uncontrollable wave of deaths’.  Will the premier listen to the growing concerns of people demanding urgent action and do that?” Singh added.
In response, Minister Fullerton defended the government’s action on COVID 19.
”This has never stopped.  It’s ongoing.  The rapid testing that we’ll be able to get out to our homes soon, again, many reasons why that has not been able to be more expedient,” she pointed out.
”And we worked with our federal partners to be able to have access to those rapid tests.  But the world has been affected by COVID-19.  Ontario has not been alone.”
But Singh reminded the minister, the Ford government promised residents in long-term care homes and their families that lessons had been learned and change was coming. 
She went on to say they’re now watching in horror once again as the virus spreads through facilities that are understaffed, under-prepared and unchanged.
Currently, there are 102 Ontario long term care facilities experiencing COVID outbreaks.
The first wave of the pandemic saw 1,817 residents die after contracting the virus. 
Since then, there have been 338 more COVID-related deaths in the province’s nursing homes.
To sign CARP’s online petition — go to carp.ca
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