Over a year ago, Premier Doug Ford blamed problems in our long-term care homes on mismanagement, declaring “management, management, management” is responsible for the horrific conditions that were exposed by the onset of the pandemic.
Instead of immediate action to deal with this most urgent issue, Ford agreed to let the minister, who ‘managed’ long-term care homes, to form a commission to study the situation for an entire year rather than taking immediate steps to correct the issue.
The minister’s delay resulted in hundreds more deaths that may have been prevented.
Ford now says, “It was an absolute tragedy and we’re going to make sure we fix it.”
The auditor also gave a ‘scathing’ report with respect to the management of LTC homes but, the premier, who a year ago blamed the crisis on “mismanagement”, defended his ‘failed’ minister/manager rather than replacing her.
Locally, Lambton County’s long-term care homes need to take a good look at management when the administrator is proposing the construction of a dementia village at a cost of $4.1 million with an annual operating cost of approximately $500,000 to accommodate 10 beds. Instead of hiring needed, properly trained, permanent (not casual) staff, she is proposing a project that is financially irresponsible to accommodate only 10 beds.
We’re nearing the end of the latest lockdown. It has been lockdown after lockdown so, by now, if lockdowns work, and with so many vaccines administered, why are the numbers not lowered or eliminated?
Are the politicians and their ‘expert’ advisors blind to the fact that lockdowns cause misery – physical, mental and economical, but do not lessen the daily number counts?
There is too much control coming out of government. It leads one to believe that government is willing to sacrifice some for their agenda, and that political motivation, not the wellbeing of the public, is behind the decisions being made.
Their losing strategies give credence to what are described as ‘conspiracy theories’.
If the politicians and their ‘experts’ provided transparency and some justification for the laws they continue to impose, the public would be more compliant. But when no explanation or rationale is given, and positive results are not forthcoming, it raises many questions and doubts. Perhaps the ‘experts’, whose advice Ford is following, need to be replaced, together with the LTC home minister.