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Nothing was done to prepare CHSLDs in the months preceding the arrival of COVID-19 in Quebec, reveals an explosive report that undermines the version of the former Minister of Health Danielle McCann in the inquest of coroner Géhane Kamel on the deaths in CHSLDs.
The eagerly awaited special report of the Ombudsperson, Marie Rinfret, on the consequences of the first wave of COVID-19 in these establishments highlights how much they were in the government's “blind spot”.
The Ombudsperson, Marie Rinfret
Obsessed by the situation in Italy, where hospitals were overflowing with patients infected with the coronavirus, in February 2020, the Quebec authorities showed “hospitalocentrism” and focused on these establishments first line, we explain.
“The urgency to act”
Thus, when developing the response to the pandemic, no scenario taking into account CHSLDs was carried out. If the Ministry of Health maintains that “the urgency to act explains this situation”, forgetting is rather a “clinical planning in isolation”, believes the protector.
This is not is that in the second week of April, with the discovery of the massacre at the CHSLD Herron, in Dorval, that Quebec finally presented reinforced measures of protection in the living environments, underlines Marie Rinfret.
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This information raises doubts about the testimonies of important players in the health network at the hearings of the public inquiry into the deaths in CHSLDs in coroner Géhane Kamel last week.
Danielle McCann had stated that on January 22, 2020, the CEOs of the CISSS and CIUSSS were asked to update their plans to fight a pandemic in their establishments, including their CHSLDs.
Discussions took place in January 2020 concerning the vulnerability to coronavirus of seniors in CHSLDs, said the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda.
“Beyond the CHSLDs, it is their residents who were put aside when the ramparts were being fortified against the virus. Whatever the future and the possibilities of another global upheaval, this situation must never happen again, ”writes Marie Rinfret in a section devoted to the follow-up to be given to this crisis.
The protector of the citizen makes 27 recommendations, including, among other things, to put in place a risk assessment and management policy in CHSLDs and to establish annual commemorations for victims of COVID-19 and people who have worked with them.
The revelations contained in the Ombudsperson's report also raise questions about the role played by the Minister responsible for Seniors Marguerite Blais in preparing the network for COVID-19.
Marguerite Blais, Minister responsible for Seniors and the Close Helpers
It should be remembered that she did not testify at the coroner's hearings since she is on sick leave. The Québec Ombudsperson refused to reveal the identity of the people she met for her investigation, but it is nevertheless specified that she was able to speak with all the witnesses she wished to meet.
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