QUEEN’S PARK – Hundreds of expert recommendations and reports. Enshrined enforcement tools like license suspensions, financial penalties, duty to report, and the Residents Bill of Rights. Yet, the current Liberal government continues to fail to enforce the laws that are supposed to protect Ontario's most vulnerable seniors, says Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
“Protections of seniors in care are declining because this government is shunning law entirely,” says Walker. “What’s more, their failure to enforce the law 100 per cent strikes at the core of their commitment to full protection of our most vulnerable citizens.”
In today’s Question Period, Minister of Health Eric Hoskins admitted his government was neither enforcing the Long-Term Care Act to the full extent nor acting on the hundreds of recommendations that were a blueprint for change to protect seniors in care. Hoskins then promised “further legislation in the coming months” to get to the 100 per cent.
“From the 2005 Casa Verde Inquest into murders in long-term care, to the Shirlee Sharkey and Gail Donner Reports, this government and Minister (Eric Hoskins) have ignored hundreds of recommendations from the multiple task forces, inquiries and reports over the last 14 years,” Walker said. “As a result, life for seniors in long-term care is getting harder and more tragic as, sadly, cases of vile abuse, neglect and sexual assault persist.”
“Ontarians deserve to have the best standard of care possible for Ontario’s vulnerable senior population,” he said. “Seniors deserve dignified, safe and quality care and should never worry that their health and safety may be at risk.”