County Mayor dismayed with Gazette coverage

I am dismayed and disappointed by the Picton Gazette’s recent coverage of leadership changes at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home (County announces changes at H.J. McFarland Home, Thurs. July 25, 2019).

Regrettably, the Gazette article on leadership changes included details of an Inspection Report that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) issued in November 2018.

As we stressed to the reporter prior to publication of the article, the Inspection Report was in no way related to the recent staffing changes.

By irresponsibly linking the staff announcement with the historical Inspection Report, the article has generated unwarranted and unjustified speculation within the community.

This, in turn, has caused concern among the staff, residents of the Home, and their family members. Instead of informing and educating the public, this article has had the exact opposite effect.

I want to reiterate: the leadership changes and the incident in 2018 are not related.

At the time, the municipality cooperated fully with the MOHLTC and complied with all orders issued by the Ministry by the December 18, 2018 deadline. Staff at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home provide exceptional resident-centred care in a safe and compassionate environment.

The needs of the residents remain our primary focus.

Mayor Steve Ferguson

Prince Edward County