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City plans to add 35 staff to long-term care homes

Hiring the additional staff this year would cost the city more than $800,000.
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Ottawa City Hall, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The city is responding to two unflattering reports on its long-term care homes with a plan to fast-track the hiring of 35 additional personal support workers, this year.

One review of city-run long-term care homes -- by Greg Fougère, the former head of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre -- found the residents of Ottawa's municipal long-term care homes received 18 minutes less nursing care per day than the provincial average.

Another review of long-term care homes, conducted by the city's auditor general, probed the initial mishandling of a case of resident-on-resident sexual abuse and the lax security of prescription drugs within the homes.

Mayor Jim Watson and Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans, the chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, have tabled a motion to hire 35 additional PSWs as soon as possible. Hiring the additional staff this year would cost the city more than $800,000.

The new staff will cost more than $2 million extra per year, each full year after that.

The plan has been approved by the Community and Protective Services Committee. It's scheduled to go to the Finance and Economic Development Committee today and then on to city council for final approval, next week.

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