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COVID-19 catastrophe in Canada’s long-term care system must spur lasting change

By NDP MP Don Davies       

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic abates, the federal government should launch negotiations with the provinces and territories to establish a dedicated federal transfer payment to bring long-term care under the umbrella of our public health-care system. By leveraging its spending power, the federal government can forge an agreement to expand access, improve employment conditions, and enforce binding national standards for long-term care.

Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health Theresa Tam, pictured in the West Block in Ottawa on April 11, 2020, speaking at that day's media briefing. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

One of the most upsetting casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the ravaging toll it has taken on Canada’s long-term care facilities. In recent weeks, horror stories have emerged from across the country that shock our conscience and challenge our self-image as a compassionate and humane society. Residents have been found underfed, abandoned, and afraid. In some cases, seniors have been left to die alone in bed, covered in their own urine and feces.

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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Neil Moss
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Official Languages Committee to probe WE Charity deal

News|By Palak Mangat
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