September 14, 2017 10:53 am

Ontario NDP call for expanded long-term care inquiry

The private member's bill proposed by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has passed a second reading.


TORONTO – Ontario’s New Democrats say they want to expand the scope of a public inquiry into safety and security in the province’s long-term care homes.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the party has introduced a private member’s bill that will ask the government to broaden its approach while reviewing the system.

READ MORE: Horwath calls for full inquiry into Ontario senior and long-term care system

In August, the province launched a public inquiry into the policies, procedures and oversight of long-term care homes.

The review will focus on systemic issues that may have contributed to the assault and deaths of residents under the care of nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer.

WATCH: Family, friends of Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s victims detail the trauma left in the wake of her crimes

Wettlaufer, 50, was convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection to the deaths of residents under her care in three southwestern Ontario nursing homes.

READ MORE: Ontario names appeal court judge to head public inquiry into long-term care homes

The NDP bill would also require the inquiry to expand its focus to include quality of care, staffing levels and government funding of long-term care homes if passed by the legislature.

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