Whistleblower alleges Ontario government directed inspectors to “go easy on” nursing homes, promptly close cases
An intense blame game has erupted following the release of the military’s scathing report on Ontario nursing homes. On Thursday, Premier Doug Ford took to pointing the finger at government inspectors, alleging that they refused to go into the province’s long-term care homes.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents these inspectors, quickly challenged Ford’s account. OPSEU President says inspectors went to homes they were told to go to, never once refusing to go into long-term care homes.
Now, a whistleblower has come forward with some startling allegations. In a call aired on Global News Radio 640, the whistleblower says the problems with long-term care inspections go “far before COVID.”
The person, whose voice is concealed, alleges that the government instructed inspectors to expeditiously close cases. “When families call and complain, the inspectors are told to go easy on the homes (…) but they’re told to go in, log it, review it, and close it” says the whistleblower.
According to their account, inspectors offered to go into the homes to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis, however, their offer was not followed up.
“There’s been a lot of standards that have been lax for a long time,” says the whistleblower. “I think if the inspectors that work for long-term care actually had a chance to speak, the truth would come out. “