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Inspections of Ontario long-term care homes to increase: health minister

Ontario is increasing the number of inspections at its long-term care homes, Health Minister Deb Matthews says.

The province will hire more inspectors to perform more unannounced inspections, called Resident Quality Inspections, at its 633 long-term care homes.

All care homes will receive these comprehensive annual inspections by the end of 2014 and annually thereafter, the government said.

The news comes after NDP Leader Andrea Horwath accused the health minister of breaking her promise to seniors last Tuesday during question period.

Since 2010 when the Long-Term Care Homes Act went into effect, only 123 such inspections have been completed.

On Monday, Health Minister Deb Matthews said in a release, “The people of Ontario expect the highest standard of care in their long-term care homes, as well they should.”

Ontario Long-Term Care Association CEO Candace Chartier said, “Today’s announcement will benefit Ontario’s most frail and vulnerable seniors. Our first priority is to provide safe, quality care to Ontario’s long-term care residents.”