Profit motive blamed in long-term care crisis
Posted: June 5, 2020
(June 4, 2020)
By: Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
The 88-year-old godmother of palliative care in Ontario knows exactly what’s wrong with long-term care in the province. Much of it is motivated by profit.
“The profit motive is — what do I want to call it? — something that sets fire to the concept of care,” said Jean Echlin.
“It’s just — ohhh!” said a frustrated Echlin.
On June 1, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé, acting on his own authority to investigate, assembled a “special ombudsman response team” to examine the entire sector. His investigation came one week after the Canadian Armed Forces, called in to help at five long-term care facilities facing crisis due to COVID-19, issued a damning report that found unsanitary conditions and an absence of basic care in all five for-profit homes.