CALL FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY IN TO ORCHARD VILLA LONG-TERM CARE HOME

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To:
Premier Doug Ford
Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullterton
Minister of Health Christine Elliott
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Leader of the Opposition,  Andrea Horwath, NDP
MPPs of Durham Region
MPPs of all Regions in Ontario
City Councillors of Durham Region
The City of Pickering

May 17, 2020
 
We, the families of Orchard Villa Long-Term Care and Orchard Villa Retirement Community and the public at large demand a public inquiry, independent of the Government of Ontario, in to the practices, events and history of Orchard Villa Long-Term Care, Orchard Villa Retirement Home and it’s owners, Southbridge Care Home Inc.
 
Our requests are as follows:
 
1.     A Public Inquiry in to Orchard Villa Long-Term Care, Orchard Villa Retirement Home and Southbridge Care Inc. from the time of the mandated lockdown on March 14, 2020 until the Provincial lockdown is lifted.
2.     A Public Inquiry in to Orchard Villa Long-Term Care, Orchard Villa Retirement and Southbridge Care Inc. for the five years preceding March 14, 2020.
 
While we are aware that all long-term care homes are in need of a public inquiry, and we support that intention, we strongly feel due to the number of deaths, injuries and oversights, privacy issues and founded concerns about management intervention regarding resident files and records that Orchard Villa LTCH deserves priority as well as extra attention.  We demand that the public inquiry in point 1 be commenced as soon as possible.