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CNO statement

Today, Commissioner Eileen Gillese released her Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry Report. We are fully supportive of the Commissioner’s recommendations. It is our hope that these recommendations will help us prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

From the beginning of the Inquiry, we committed to Commissioner Gillese that we would be introspective about the lessons to be learned from the tragic events. And we would address any systemic issues within CNO’s control that were identified during the course of the Inquiry’s work.

As reflected in Commissioner Gillese’s report, when we learned of something that could be done to improve the long-term care system, if the matter was within our control, we acted immediately. Chapter 13 of the report contains 10 recommendations specifically for the College. We have already implemented or are in the process of implementing virtually all of them, and are committed to fully implementing them all. The work that we have already done to enhance and strengthen our ability, and the ability of employers, to address the issues raised at the Inquiry is set out on this website.

“We are committed to partnering with patients, employers, government and nurses so that everyone in Ontario benefits from safe, quality nursing care,” says Anne Coghlan, Executive Director & CEO of CNO. “Nothing can change the past, but all of us who work in health care can learn, change and help shape the future.”

We would like to, once again, extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims.

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the regulator of more than 180,000 Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners in the province. Our statutory mandate is to protect the public.

For media inquiries please contact Deborah Jones, Director of Communications at CNO: media@cnomail.org.

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