TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2021— Premier Doug Ford must act immediately to end the humanitarian crisis ravaging Ontario’s long-term care homes before more of the province’s elderly and vulnerable residents get sick and die from COVID-19, Ontario’s doctors said today.
“We cannot allow this deplorable situation to continue one minute longer,” said Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association. “The vaccine supply is beyond our control, but there are many other effective initiatives we must take immediately to safeguard our most vulnerable.”
The Ontario Medical Association called on the government to implement the following measures immediately:
“Societies are judged by how they treat their elders and most vulnerable members,” said OMA CEO Allan O’Dette. “History will judge us poorly unless we all move quickly, within our areas of authority and expertise, to improve conditions in long-term care homes.”
The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000-plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.