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A staff member appers to be looking out a resident’ss window at the Eatonville retirement residence on the East Mall in Etobicoke. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star

'Ontario’s long-term care response is still lacking' - Dr. Judy Fudge

Dr. Judy Fudge recently published in TheStar discussing the lingering issues with Ontario's long-term care response in light of COVID-19.

Apr 17, 2020

Why has it taken so long for Ontario to deal with the human tragedy occurring in Ontario’s long-term care sector, which comprises publicly funded and operated long term care homes, publicly funded and privately operated long-term care facilities, and for-profit retirement and assisted living homes?

Long-term care homes were understaffed before the COVID-19 pandemic because the work is demanding, poorly paid and precarious since much of it is part-time. The tens of thousands of mostly women workers in this sector cobble together what amounts to barely a living income (many earn under $20 an hour) by taking jobs at different care homes.

Read the full article: 'Ontario’s long-term care response is still lacking' on TheStar website.