MONTREAL-The Quebec coroner investigating the death toll in nursing homes during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic assured health workers that they were not at fault and the working conditions they endured were respectable.
“Don’t worry, the coroner’s office will not attribute the blame to the medical staff,” said coroner Géhane Kamel. “Everyone who goes to work, whether in a CHSLD (long-term care home) or a hospital, is only thanked and respected by us.”
The comment was made as a witness. A staff member who had treated residents in Résidence Herron concluded her testimony and asked those staff who had tolerated the situation and treated the residents as best they could with the situation in mind. What, but being pointed as if they would make the patient die.
The coroner tried to reassure the witnesses and pointed out that her final report would include observations of their working conditions.
Kamel’s mission was to investigate 53 deaths that occurred in 6 long-term care homes and 1 elderly home during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic, including 47 by Herron.
On Tuesday, at the peak of the first wave, Herron’s front-line staff recounted their pain and the impact of understaffing, and testified in tears.
Some people eventually contracted COVID-19 themselves and stayed alone in the hospital for a week.
Another person told the investigation how she cleaned and replaced the deceased residents to give him some dignity. Another person recalled that so many residents were soiled, which she had never experienced in her long career.
An eyewitness said, “The bell kept ringing” and she didn’t know where to turn. Employees are at a loss because many colleagues have left their jobs because of exposure to positive cases, either sick or isolated. Others are just scared.
The staff testified that there was a lack of masks, and they said they had to wear one during the entire shift. Residents also lack towels and adult diapers.
Witnesses said that even before the pandemic, Herron had problems hiring and retaining employees, and there was also a turnover in the nursing team.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times