Unions want inquest into Scarborough retirement home death
2 unions who represent employees in nursing homes are calling for a coroner's inquest into last week's beating death at The Wexford Residence retirement home in Scarborough.
CUPE & the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario say an inquest would bring awareness to some ongoing problems in the province's long-term healthcare system.
"These are our mothers, fathers and grandparents. If you're not outraged by these issues, you are not paying attention,'' said Candace Rennick, CUPE Secretary-Treasurer.
72-year-old Joycelyn Dickson, was killed at Wexford last Wednesday. A 91-year-old woman was hurt.
Another resident of the facility, 72-year-old Peter Roy Brooks, 72 is charged with 2nd degree murder & aggravated assault. He will be back in court April 4.
Rennick says Dickson's death reflects a lack of staff & funding for Ontario long-term care facilities, adding the problem is aggravated by the number of patients in long-term care residences who need extensive care.
The facilities aren't only for the elderly, but also patients with brain injuries & mental health issues. It's because often these patients can't get better care in their communities & must settle for long-term care facilities.
Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses Association, predicts the strain on the system will become more & more of an issue as the population ages.
"We need to push the political will to do what needs to be done,'' she said.
According to Statistics Canada, Ontario spends $155.30 per long term care resident a day--far less than Quebec, at $254.30, Saskatchewan, at $216.70, Alberta, at $201.80 according to a CUPE news release.
Officials with the provincial government & the nursing home were not immediately available for comment.
(With files from the Canadian Press)