The Portage Citizen
Manitoba Liberals today are asking for the release of a promised report into the alleged unacceptable treatment of elderly patients at the Lions Prairie Manor personal care home in Portage la Prairie.
Manitoba Liberal Health Critic, Jon Gerrard rose in the Legislature on May 10 and tabled his report “Treating our Elders with Dignity” alleging serious instances of elder abuse at the Lions Prairie Manor.
With family members of parents and loved ones alleged to have suffered elder abuse at the popular senior care home watching in the gallery, then Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said: “the Lions Prairie Manor was already under government investigation.” Minister Goertzen acknowledged in the Legislature on May 10, the investigation was done in depth with interviews of more than 100 people.
“Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said there would be an investigation and a report delivered within 60 days,” “Three months or 96 days later, there is still no report,” Gerrard said today.
“The issues at Lions Prairie Manor needed to be investigated and addressed immediately and it is critical that with a change in Ministers that the residents and their families do not fall through the cracks,” Gerrard said.
Liberal Leader and St. Boniface MLA Dougald Lamont said that the new Health Minister should release the report immediately or explain why the report isn’t ready.
“Either the report is done or it isn’t. Either way, residents and their families in Portage la Prairie deserve answers and a plan of action.”
Gerrard’s report was compiled with input from family members of patients, the detailed alleged “shocking treatment of patients in care.”
The Protection for Persons in Care Office has finished its report and is awaiting review and approval by the Manitoba Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living Cameron Friesen. Friesen moved into the portfolio in the recent cabinet shuffle replacing Kelvin Goertzen.
“The Protection for Persons in Care Office has conducted more than 100 interviews with families and staff members as part of its investigation into the treatment of patients at Lions Prairie Manor,” a government spokesman reported on Aug. 17. “A report detailing that thorough investigation was recently completed and is being reviewed by the new minister, who has prioritized the issue since being sworn in two weeks ago.”
The spokesman explained, “the report itself cannot be publicly released, as it contains sensitive health information of patients, the minister expects to announce its findings before the end of the month.”
Liberal Health Critic, Jon Gerrard report: