Daniel Paré, the CEO of the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches who is now leading the huge COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Quebec, once again defended not having intervened earlier to put an end to the mistreatment that was taught at Liverpool Manor.
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“My accountability, I see it based on the decisions I have made. When we heard about the abuse allegations, I took action. It is my investigation and it is my investigator who went on the spot ”, insisted Mr. Paré Monday in interview with TVA Nouvelles 12h. “Thanks to the denunciations of people, we were able to discover the stratagems that were being done on the spot at the Manor Liverpool.”
But who is accountable? This is the question on everyone’s lips in Quebec after another damning report on the mistreatment of our seniors in a retirement home.
An administrative investigation carried out by the CISSS, the summary of which was made public on Friday, revealed numerous and disturbing shortcomings, which would have started “long before” the arrival of COVID-19, in the intermediate resource sector at the Manor Liverpool, a private residence in Lévis.
We are talking about baths not given for periods of up to three weeks, residents forgotten at mealtimes or even resident alarm bells ignored.
Recall that Prime Minister François Legault had promised more accountability on the part of those responsible after the case of the CHSLD Herron.
The owners of Manoir Liverpool own other residences in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. An investigation was also opened in connection with the Pavillon Bellevue, a private CHSLD under agreement in Lévis.
The Liverpool Manor is under trusteeship and a sale process is underway.
Even if the CISSS does not operate the residence, the report questions “the tolerance of the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches with regard to the deficient and recurrent care and services of the Manoir Liverpool”.
While his management of the file is scratched, Mr. Paré intends to continue his new role of responsible for the vaccination campaign in Quebec.
“I was called on a Monday evening to come and take over from the person who was responsible for the vaccination. I rolled up my sleeves and for two months, I have given my 100% so that there are six million Quebecers vaccinated twice. This is what I am focused on, ”he says, repeating having acted as soon as the first suspicions of mistreatment came to his ears.
The Minister responsible for Seniors Marguerite Blais described during the weekend “unacceptable” and “indescribable” the acts of mistreatment alleged against the leaders of the Manoir Liverpool de Lévis.
She deplores that the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches has supported the owners of Manoir Liverpool for five years to eliminate certain behaviors and that, despite everything, we have come to a tragedy like the one presented in the report.
“The organizational culture has to change, absolutely. The culture is to support the owners of residences, to give opportunities, to help them put in place the care plans, the good practices, but at a given moment, that must change ”, drops Ms. Blais, adding that network managers will also have to be accountable.
“How do we protect seniors who are still going through this nightmare today? How is it that the minister has not yet revoked their accreditation to protect them? ”Asks Liberal MP for Fabre, Monique Sauvé, for her part.
– with the Journal de Québec