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Canadian Forces blow whistle on “shocking” conditions in Long Term Care homes

Canadian Forces blow whistle on “shocking” conditions in Long Term Care homes

Premier Ford is expected to release a report this afternoon based on the observations of Military personnel sent to nursing homes in Ontario. The troops are said to have  have observed shocking conditions, including “blatant disregard” for infection control measures, mistreatment of residents and a level of care described as “horrible,” according to documents obtained by Global News.

Canadian Armed Forces teams deployed to five of the province’s worst-hit long-term care homes to help control COVID-19 have raised concerns about each of the facilities, describing the care as ranging from below best practices to “borderline abusive, if not abusive” and worse, the documents show.

Infection prevention and control measures were found to be a particular problem, with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols going unheeded by staff, many of whom were not properly trained, according to the documents obtained from a source familiar with the mission.

Prime Minister Trudeau said he has read the report and has discussed it with Doug Ford.

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