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NSGEU releases paper outlining issues in long term care

The report comes after the union president turned down the chance to participate in a closed-door review of the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood home.
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Northwood long term care home during the COVID-19 pandemic (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Nova Scotia's largest public union is releasing a paper outlining issues in long-term care homes and specifically -- the COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood that led to the deaths of 53 people.

The release of the report comes after NSGEU president Jason MacLean turned down the chance to participate in a province-led review of the outbreak demanding a public inquiry instead.

MacLean decided not to take part in the province's review after finding out that he wouldn't be allowed to go public with any information he provided to the panel.

Instead, the NSGEU president compiled a detailed report documenting the outbreak and government's decision leading up to it. 

"We speak in this paper about the last ten years or so of the long term care system and what neglect has been put on the long term care system that led to the tragedy at Northwood," MacLean told NEWS 95.7's The Todd Veinotte Show. "I do believe once you piece these things together a lot more questions get asked."

MacLean added the paper will include details he would have shared with the review panel and alleges it will raise questions not just about the events at Northwood, but also provide context into the government's decisions leading up to the spread of the virus.

MacLean said the 53 COVID-19 related deaths at the Halifax long term care facility this spring demands a full, independent public inquiry.


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