Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­leases re­ports on CHSLD’S in Dor­val and Laval to the public

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Que­bec gov­ern­ment is re­leas­ing a se­ries of in­ves­tiga­tive re­ports dis­sect­ing the events that un­folded at the CHSLD Sainte-dorothée in Laval and the CHSLD Her­ron in Dor­val, which both ac­cu­mu­lated a large num­ber of Covid-19-re­lated deaths.

Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Se­niors and Care­givers Mar­guerite Blais, who is re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the health and safety of res­i­dents liv­ing in longterm care fa­cil­i­ties, and Health Min­is­ter Chris­tian Dubé ac­knowl­edged that there is no ex­cuse for what hap­pened early on in the pan­demic.

“It is clear to us that the pan­demic alone does not jus­tify what hap­pened,” said Blais. “We have learned from the first wave to en­sure that we never again ex­pe­ri­ence hu­man tragedies like the ones we ex­pe­ri­enced last spring.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion men­tions sev­eral is­sues that were present be­fore the outbreak of COVID-19.

How­ever, th­ese is­sues be­came un­con­trol­lable as a re­sult of the pan­demic. There was a weak re­sponse time, es­pe­cially in pri­vate homes.

Blais would be no stranger to the state of el­der care in the prov­ince, hav­ing served as served as Se­niors Min­is­ter un­der the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment be­tween 2007-2012.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the CHSLD Sainte­dorothée ap­pears to of­fer qual­ity care and ser­vices, but tech­ni­cal is­sues and a lack of per­son­nel led to the dis­as­trous sit­u­a­tion at the long-term care fa­cil­ity.

The re­ports were tabled last June and July, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, but they were only done af­ter the gov­ern­ment car­ried out an in­depth anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion and de­vel­oped an ac­tion plan to tackle the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond wave.

“The gov­ern­ment re­sponded quickly to the find­ings pre­sented in th­ese re­ports. Not only have the ma­jor changes un­der­taken served to pre­pare us for the sec­ond wave, our ac­tions are sus­tain­able and their ben­e­fits will con­tinue af­ter the pan­demic,” Dubé said.

The pan­demic ex­posed ex­ist­ing prob­lems within the CHSLD net­work, the health min­is­ter con­tin­ued, the sit­u­a­tions in Dor­val and Laval make this clear. There are bet­ter, more sus­tain­able safety mea­sures in place now that will con­tinue long af­ter the pan­demic, he con­cluded.

The dead­line to sub­mit nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for the up­com­ing school board elec­tion is 5 p.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 27 and not 10 p.m. as men­tioned in yes­ter­day’s story in The Record about the East­ern Town­ships School Board.

The Record re­grets any con­fu­sion this may have caused.

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