“We will not let down our seniors,” said Pablo Rodriguez

While the military present in the CHSLD du Québec must normally leave on the 12th of June, lieutenant policy of Quebec in the Trudeau government ensures that they will still be present.

“We’re looking at what we can do beyond the 12 June. It may be a mix of some things,” said Pablo Rodriguez in an interview with LCN, Thursday.

“It may be that some members of the armed Forces with the people, whether the Red Cross or other organizations. We are going to continue to be present”, has assured the member of parliament for Honoré-Mercier.

He said that it would be difficult to simply replace the military by other soldiers, because those who have been deployed in NURSING homes have a medical background.

“We are in the process to discuss and see what are our options, how we can [extend] a little more, how we can replace some military personnel with other types of interventions”, he continued.

Mr. Rodriguez said that he was very affected by the crisis in institutions for seniors.

“We will not let down our seniors, that is certain”, he let go.

He says that there is no question that the military leave an institution where the crisis would still be too serious.

“We worked to pass the CHSLD of red or yellow to green. This is what we managed to do with the employees in NURSING homes. One thing is for sure, we’re not going to leave a CHSLD that has not gone to green,” he insisted.

He concluded by saying that discussions are ongoing with the minister of public Safety to see if the Red Cross could take over.

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