Quebec will investigate the practices of the CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches in its management of the Manoir Liverpool fiasco. Minister Christian Dubé wonders in particular about the fact that the management of the CISSS was not made aware of the problems of mistreatment in the retirement home.
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Christian Dubé said Monday at a press briefing to accept the explanation of the CEO of the CISSS, Daniel Paré, to the effect that the major incidents of the Manor Liverpool had never been brought to his attention. However, he intends to shed light on the reasons for this lack of communication, which has led to the slippages we know today.
Recall that an internal report from the CISSS reported Friday of “physical and organizational abuse” at the residence. It describes the lack of hygiene, food and medication for users.
“How is it that information such […], that such serious cases did not reach the top management of the CISSS? How we acted in the chain of command ”, asks Minister Dubé, who has mandated Deputy Minister Dominique Savoie to set up an external investigation into the failings of Manoir Liverpool.
“Very hard actions” to predict
The Minister also indicated that he had requested an investigation into the Pavillon Bellevue, a private CHSLD under agreement which also belongs to Claude Talbot, co-owner of the Manoir Liverpool. Without going into detail, Christian Dubé spoke of “very hard” actions to take towards owners.
“I am going to question what we are going to do with the owners, but it will go much further than that”, assured the Minister of Health, who said he was shocked by the stubbornness of Claude Talbot and Manon Belleau to hide the disturbing gaps.
“How were they able to do so many tricks?[…] It is very serious to do it on purpose to hide a situation as they did for five years, ”said Christian Dubé.
Asked about the events at Manoir Liverpool and the network’s need for accountability, the geriatrician and former Minister of Health Réjean Hébert believes that the government must question the management of Daniel Paré.
“If he was not aware, there is a big problem of accountability and concern that the services are there. It is the responsibility of the establishment and ultimately of the leader. He had to know, period, ”believes Dr. Hébert.
The latter believes that the situation is even more obvious to the government than at the Herron Residence in Montreal, which was entirely private.
“Liverpool had a contract with the CISSS. Accountability, it is clear. […] The government has a responsibility to see what has happened and to make the necessary decisions. I do not have the ins and outs to judge, but the minister has them, ”insists the former minister.
Christian Dubé did not express himself clearly on Monday on the future of Daniel Paré in his role as CEO of the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches. He would normally return to this post after his temporary tenure at the head of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.