Auditor to review Ottawa’s long-term care homes, as more complaints brought forward
Ken Hughes said Wednesday that issues within city-run long-term care have been brought to his attention.
“When we looked, we felt it was something we should audit.”
News of the audit comes as more concerns have been brought to the Citizen about medical errors and failure to follow physician’s orders at a city-run long-term care home, issues that one man says sent his mother to hospital three times last year.
The retired chartered professional accountant and technology executive, who asked to remain anonymous, was so concerned about the pattern of errors he was seeing that he warned officials about a pending “catastrophe” if things didn’t improve.
“I was afraid they were going to kill someone,” he said.
The audit also comes on the heels of a provincial order to improve safety and care at three of four city long-term care homes following a string of incidents, including the repeated punching of one resident by a caregiver and head injuries suffered by another resident that were later covered up.