Long-term care protest Monday in Sudbury
Posted: October 4, 2021
(October 3, 2021)
By: The Sudbury Star
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Saying the Ford government has failed to address concerns about long-term care, the Ontario Health Coalition is calling for cross-province protests on Monday when the Ontario Legislature is scheduled to open.
In Sudbury, that protest is scheduled for the front gate of Civic Memorial Cemetery, 365 Second Ave., at noon.
In a release, the coalition is calling for more care for residents; better enforcement of standards, including surprise inspections, fines and loss of licences; and an end to for-profit long-term care.
“Despite massive media coverage through the pandemic, and despite promises and emotional press conferences by (Premier) Doug Ford, there has been no real improvement in the understaffing and care crisis,” the coalition said. “For-profit operators have taken their profits throughout the pandemic yet have not been held accountable to actually provide the safety and care for which they are funded …
“The coalition is shocked that there has been no accountability for the horrors that we continue to see. Not one long-term care home has been fined. Since it took office, the Ford government has been sitting on the power to fine the home operators – which was passed by the previous government – and has failed to enact it.”