Today, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly tabled a report by Ombudsman Mary McFadyen titled Caring in Crisis: An investigation into the response to the COVID-19 outbreak at Extendicare Parkside.

We are in the process of a thorough review, but our initial impression is that an extensive inquiry was conducted, resulting in an in-depth report by McFadyen – we appreciate the level of detail and transparency regarding the outbreak.

The report and accompanying timelines identify a lack of policy and leadership in place. In addition, the physical infrastructure created significant issues and barriers to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the safety of the residents and healthcare workers.

The Ombudsman’s report reinforces the need for publicly funded, publicly delivered health care.

SUN, representing over 10,000 RNs, RPNs, and NPs, is committed to advocating for the well-being and safety of seniors in our care and call on the Government, Extendicare, and SHA to commit to ensuring the recommendations tabled today are not only implemented but also maintained and improved upon to avoid similar situations in the future.

We will continue to monitor how the implementation of McFadyen’s recommendations unfolds and the impact on long-term care in this province.

Ombudsman Press Release:

Caring In Crisis Full Report:

Caring In Crisis Summary:

Caring In Crisis Timeline: