June 17, 2024
Final report from inquiry into nursing home murders turns focus to fixing Ontario long-term care system
How was former long-term care nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the worst serial killer in Canadian health care, able to go undetected killing so many, for so long
How was former long-term care nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the worst serial killer in Canadian health care, able to go undetected killing so many, for so long?

Five years after her last murder, the question still haunts many Southwestern Ontarians – especially the families of the eight vulnerable people she killed.

How did former long-term care nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the worst serial killer in Canadian health care, go undetected killing so many, for so long, at nursing homes in Woodstock and London?

Just as important, what will Queen’s Park do to fix the issues in the largest and most complex long-term care system in the country, one with more than 600 homes and about 78,000 residents?

Only when Wettlaufer confessed to the murders – and to trying to kill four other vulnerable people in her care, and assaulting two others – did her deadly crime spree, carried out silently with lethal insulin injections, come to light.

It sent her to prison, with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Missed or overlooked long before then, however, were early warning flags, including a firing months into her first job at a northern Ontario hospital, suspicions of drug abuse and theft and, tellingly, another firing by the Woodstock home where she killed seven people, only to go on to another home in London where she found her final victim.

Some of the answers are expected, finally, Wednesday, with the final report due out of a public inquiry into Ontario’s long-term care system that was called in the fallout of Wettlaufer’s crimes.

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