(Quebec) The Minister responsible for Seniors, Marguerite Blais, must put an end to the “Wild West” in residences for the elderly (RPA) like the Manoir Liverpool, believes Quebec solidaire (QS).
Last Friday, a report from the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches showed that several residents of Manoir Liverpool, in Lévis, were mistreated. Quebec has launched an independent investigation.
What happened at Manoir Liverpool must have the same effect on Quebec’s political class as what happened at CHSLD Herron, QS spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said on Wednesday.
The “Liverpool scandal” must be to RPAs what the “Herron scandal” was to private CHSLDs, that is to say a warning signal that calls for a collective awakening of society, he said. for follow-up.
At the height of the first wave of the pandemic, employees of CHSLD Herron in Montreal deserted the establishment, leaving vulnerable seniors to their fate. There were 38 deaths in 10 days.
Private seniors’ residences are a “booming” market, said Nadeau-Dubois, who notes that huge real estate empires are currently taking advantage of them to make “a lot of money”.
According to him, Marguerite Blais must take immediate action to put an end to the “mess” of RPAs: hire more inspectors, abolish the announced visits and commit to reviewing the supervision of RPAs.
The mere fact that there are seven inspectors in Quebec to ensure the well-being of the elderly, against 18 who ensure animal welfare, should “shock” us all, according to Mr. Nadeau Dubois.
Minister Blais must act now, and not “hide” behind the independent investigation into the Liverpool Manor, says QS.