Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pt.3. Ontario, Quebec and the UK's Uncanny Similarities in Killing their Elders in Long Term Care

  Necessary background:
 In part's one and two of this series we understand that the leadership of Ontario and Quebec intentionally moved the sick, including those with Covid, out of the hospitals and into Long Term Care or Retirement homes. Ostensibly so hospitals would not be "overwhelmed with Covid patients. Then hospital beds sat empty. As Covid spread through the LTC and retirement  homes. 
 Both provinces opted, intentionally chose, to leave the Covid infected in the LTC and retirement homes, rather then place them in the empty available hospital beds.  

That's the briefest summarizing I can provide for the two previous parts. You need to read them both. All  of what happened comes off as incredibly nefarious (wicked or criminal).
 That's because it is incredibly nefarious.  The two most populous provinces in Canada had options, to save the lives of these seniors. Neither  province exercised their options.

Part 2 ended with a promise to cross the Atlantic from Canada to the UK and have a look at what was going on there. Guess what? It's the exact same scenario. What are the odds?
The virus was pushed into care homes in anticipation of a hospital surge that never happened.
"Has government policy killed people? That has been the question on everyone’s mind since the outbreak of Covid-19. Most of the time, only one policy is considered – did we lock down early enough or hard enough to save lives? But the government’s policy on care homes is likely to be far more significant.
Health secretary Matt Hancock insists that protecting care homes has always been a top priority for the government. ‘Right from the start, we have tried to throw a protective ring around our care homes’, he said at one of last week’s press conferences. Prime minister Boris Johnson made a similar claim in parliament last week: ‘We brought in the lockdown in care homes ahead of the general lockdown.’
Geez in the UK they claimed the top priority was to throw a "protective ring" around care homes. Here Doug Ford claimed it was going to be an "iron ring" around the LTC homes
Interesting that similar language, memes, were employed eh? 
Similar language? Similar policies? That's suspect.
"Worse still, as I reported on spiked last month, rather than protecting care homes from the virus, government policy unwittingly (unwittingly??? that's an assumption I cannot and will not make!)  promoted its spread.
One of the key justifications for the lockdown was to ‘Protect the NHS’. Officials feared that the NHS could have been so overrun during the pandemic that it would have collapsed. This would, of course, have been a catastrophe, causing needless deaths. To help prevent this, the NHS exhorted the care sector to play a role in shielding hospitals.
An NHS plan in early March called for the ‘timely discharge’ of patients to free up capacity. Guidance from the Department of Health, issued on 2 April, reiterated this: ‘Hospitals around the country need as many beds as possible to support and treat an increasing number of Covid-19 cases. This means the NHS will seek to discharge more patients into care homes for the recovery period.’

Hospitals were ordered to clear thousands of beds in anticipation of a surge in Covid cases. Many patients were sent into care homes."
It's the exact same scenario as in Quebec and Ontario in the exact same time frame. One couldn't plan that better... unless they did?
"And it is now clear that some of those patients had Covid-19. The 2 April guidance provides the smoking gun: ‘Negative tests are not required prior to transfers / admissions into the care home.’

On top of that, pressure on care homes to take in Covid-19 patients also came from local authorities. According to a Sky News investigation, several councils threatened to withhold funding to care homes if they refused"

"Several councils threatened to withhold funding to help care homes deal with the coronavirus outbreak if they didn't agree to take in COVID-19 patients, Sky News can reveal. 

It comes as dozens of care homes fear a government policy allowing the transfer of coronavirus-positive or untested patients is a "major factor" in why COVID-19 deaths are so high."
 There was no way the outcome of moving persons infected with a respiratory virus, of any sort, into a long term care home, anywhere, is not knowable. The outcome of this move would have, could have easily been predicted.  So, why were these moves done at all?

Go back to this report: Post Mortem for Pinecrest LTC: How Systemic Flaws Led To Tragedy at a Bobcaygeon Nursing Home
“I hate to say it, but this happens all the time in long-term care. It is constant. Every year, we have [flu] outbreaks.”
“There is always a problem, when there is an illness in the homes,” said Jane Meadus, staff lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in Toronto, who pointed out that seniors in care facilities are older, and more vulnerable, than ever."
Happens every year. Happens all the time in long term care. Knowable.

"Overall, according to a Sky News survey of 90 care homes, 70 per cent of care homes said they felt pressure from hospitals to accept coronavirus patients, 41 per cent said they took in patients with Covid symptoms, and 38 per cent said they believed a Covid-positive patient discharged from hospital caused an outbreak in their home.
 This is all despite the fact that care homes hosted the group of people who were by far the most vulnerable to Covid-19. To make matters worse, care homes were also far less prepared for the outbreak than hospitals. An owner of a care-home chain, writing anonymously in The Times, says that two of his or her care homes became infected with Covid-19 which can be traced back to hospital discharges.
Once patients were in care homes, the NHS was no longer interested in helping them. The owner received a letter on 13 March which said, ‘If any of our residents got significantly ill, they wouldn’t be allowed into hospital and would have to die in their home’.
That is EXACTLY what occurred in Ontario and Quebec! That is beyond coincidental. 
As I'd reported in my previous post
 Quebec: "Why didn't they stop the transfers AND instead move the infected persons out of LTC and back into the empty hospitals?  The hospitals that were set up for and anticipating Covid patients. The hospitals where the ill could have received more appropriate treatment? Why wasn't this done?"
Ontario "By May 01/20: There were 1691 confirmed Covid patients in LTC homes in Toronto. With just 95 of them being hospitalized. The numbers of Covid infected patients nearly doubled in less then a month. While acute hospital beds sat empty"
Exactly the same scenario!
Now you tell me what is the chance of this all being happenstance?  That here in Canada, as well as in the UK, Covid patients were pushed onto LTC homes?   These LTC homes were  completely incapable of handling this influx of infected patients and/or the inevitable deadly outcome. Then in Canada as well as the UK the infected were left to die in LTC.
 Around the peak of hospital cases on 10 April, only 51 per cent of the NHS’s acute beds were occupied by a Covid patient. Around the same time, 41 per cent of acute beds were not occupied at all – more than four times the normal number. The emergency Nightingale hospitals have also been largely empty. The Nightingale in London’s Excel Centre, which had space for 4,000 beds, only treated 51 patients in its first three weeks of operation. It was closed at the beginning of May.
Again, exactly as occurred in Canada. Acute care beds sitting empty.   Seniors, some infected, some not, left in LTC homes to die as overworked staff buckled under the strain.  While hospital beds sat empty in both nations! Clearly the UK's high death rates was, just like Canada, in the LTC homes.
"Shockingly, the UK government was not alone in pushing the crisis into care" homes.
No it wasn't because Canada did exactly the same. 
As did Italy.
 " In Lombardy, the hardest-hit region of Italy, care homes were paid extra to take in Covid patients from hospitals"
 Below is a comment excerpt from Marie who resides in the UK
Hi Penny
Here is the story in my part of the UK:

Seniors are dying in high numbers - complaints from the management of the Homes are typical - they are: No PPE, No testing, No one coming to pick up tests when they were done, Elderly being discharged from hospitals untested straight back into the homes infecting the other residents, infected and non-tested care workers going into the homes etc etc...Boris made no attempt to 'shield' the elderly at all.
Numbers of deaths very high and disproportionate in the BAME category (Black and Minority Ethnic) ... we've been asking why as it seems this virus is 'selective'.

Tues. my home town declared an emergency and closed its Hospital
This made national news as being the only hospital to do this so far during the pandemic.

I have personal info about this hospital and its surprising it didnt get closed down earlier - the point is missed though. The hospital tested its STAFF not its patients - the STAFF supposedly are Covid-19 positive but asymptomatic - now this is interesting for various reasons...the hospital is a newly formed Trust operated (for profit) hospital - it was previously but that authority bankrupted and it was sold off again.. I digress... On Wed. management issued statement to say they can give a statement! about why they closed the hospital or why they tested their staff and not sure if their 'outbreak' is throughout the hospital, just staff or staff caught it from a patient...they DON'T KNOW!
Finally, last sentence from the spiked article:

"The carnage in care homes ought to be the biggest scandal of the Covid crisis"

This is why I'm doing this series. This is definitely one of the biggest scandals. The killing of seniors in homes where they should have been safe. In homes, we were told, were going to shield them from infection, with iron rings and the like. Instead, judging by the decisions taken,  the leadership of multiple nation states all made choices that only served to endanger the inhabitants of the homes and sell the idea of a pandemic to a wider audience. In order to manipulate the masses and reshape society. This has nothing to do with a virus. And everything to do with spreading fear. Liberally and widely.

In Part 4 we are leaving the UK, heading back to North America. and looking at what happened in the US. Might as well tell you all. It's the exact same scenario. 

Pt.4: Uncanny Similarities in LTC/Nursing Home Deaths That Span Both Sides of the Atlantic Ocean- Canada. UK. US



Friday, May 29, 2020

Pt.2: Ontario & Quebec Killed Their Seniors in Long Term Care in a Manner Suspiciously Similar To Many Other Places

 Keeping in mind, throughout this entire report,  that "kill " means to deprive of life: to cause the death of.  Though we're starting with Ontario and Quebec, they were not the only locales that killed persons in long term care or retirement homes when it seems obvious, no hindsight necessary, they should have really known what would be the outcome of their actions.
Why am I saying they should have known the outcome of their actions would have been mass killing? Because it's been long and well known that the environment (the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operatesin LTC/ Retirement homes allow for viral or bacterial infection spreads through them like wildfire.

Years back in Niagara we had a C Difficile outbreak that occurred in hospitals and LTC, most of it's victim were elderly. The environment of hospitals and LTC homes is ideal for the spread of virus and bacteria that have very little effect on the community at large. KEEP THIS IN MIND as you continue to read through the extensive, researched, with lots of documentation report.

Briefly,  when  Part 1: Ontario & Quebec Killed Their Seniors In Long Term Care In a Manner Suspiciously Similar to Other Places  came to an end, it was reported that with in the first week of April 2020 the Quebec government realized that their hospitals, emergency rooms and intensive care units were not overwhelmed with Covid patients...

A few days after April 02/20 "the Quebec government realized that, with fewer than 700 COVID-19 patients in hospital, the dire forecasts of overwhelmed emergencies and intensive-care units weren’t materializing." 

Let's say by April 5th or 6th the government of Quebec realized the hospitals were not over run. Yet, the transferring of patients out of hospitals and into LTC homes went on until April 10/20. Why? The Quebec government was already well aware that deaths were increasing, accelerating at a faster pace in the LTC homes then  was occurring anywhere else. Why didn't they stop the transfers AND instead move the infected persons out of LTC and back into the empty hospitals?  The hospitals that were set up for and anticipating Covid patients. The hospitals where the ill could have received more appropriate treatment? Why wasn't this done?
 These are questions that have to be asked. And most importantly they need to be answered!

At the same time, the increase in deaths among elder-care-home patients was accelerating at a faster pace. By April 10, more than a month after the first COVID-19 case was identified in the province, the Quebec government ordered an end to transfers from hospitals to elder-care homes.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health followed suit on April 15, asking hospitals to temporarily halt transfers to long-term care in a memo that said only 64.1 per cent of acute-care beds in the province were in use.
Ontario followed suit on April 15/20. Knowing at that time there were very nearly 36 % of acute care hospital beds not in use. That's right. NOT IN USE.
It’s difficult to say how many residents of seniors’ facilities actually died inside the homes. Nobody is tracking that figure at a national level.
Nobody is tracking this figure at a national level? We would be referencing the failure on the part of the Trudeau led government in this regard. Be assured we will get to the why of no one tracking this figure. Let's say the federal government, might have had motivation to not keep track. A profit motivation.
"But the scant hospitalization data that are available, combined with media reports on the worst outbreaks, suggest most died at the facilities.

Toronto Public Health, which reported on coronavirus outbreaks at individual nursing and retirement homes over two weeks in April, found that of as of April 17, only 22 of 899 residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were being treated in hospital. By May 1, when there were 1,691 cases in Toronto seniors’ facilities, 95 residents, or 5.6 per cent, were in hospital."
As of April 17/20 there were 877 confirmed Covid patients remaining in LTC homes in Toronto, Ontario. Just in Toronto. Not the rest of Ontario. Not Quebec.

By May 01/20: There were 1691 confirmed Covid patients in LTC homes in Toronto. With just 95 of them being hospitalized. The numbers of Covid infected patients nearly doubled in less then a month. While acute hospital beds sat empty

A reminder to all readers what Doug Ford stated on March 30/20. At this time the LTC Homes were in "LOCK DOWN" and their imprisoned populace were sitting ducks.





In her statement, Ms. Navarro said that Lakeridge Health has continued to admit patients from long-term care during the pandemic, including 26 Orchard Villa residents who were treated at Ajax Pickering Hospital as part of the hospital’s leadership role in stemming the outbreak.

The local medical officer of health asked Lakeridege Health to step in after the coronavirus outbreak at Orchard Villa spun out of control. The military is helping out at Orchard Villa, too.

Now that the coronavirus’s toll on ill-prepared nursing homes is clear, some are sending dozens of residents to the hospitals that were shielded at the start of the crisis.
After the horses got out Ontario tried to shut the barn doors. Too late.
Humber Valley Terrace, a home in Toronto’s Etobicoke neighbourhood where 21 have died, has moved 23 residents to two nearby hospitals for the same reasons.

“The idea was if we could take some of those residents out of those spaces, make those rooms smaller – two beds or one bed – then we could [separate] our positive residents and our negative residents more easily,” said Rhonda Collins, chief medical officer for Revera, owner of both homes.
 Revera. This gets interesting. Revera takes us right to the door of the Trudeau government and most probably the "Royals" in the UK. Revera homes are "privately operated" but owned by a "crown corporation" 
What's a crown corporation? "Canadian Crown corporations are state-owned enterprises owned by the Sovereign of Canada" ie: the crown. To my knowledge and understanding the "Sovereign of Canada" is Queen Elizabeth. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but, that does look to be the case.
So we have multiple for profit homes, owned by a crown corporation, which has PSP investments having 100 percent stake in Revera, making profits for federal employees, RCMP,  and the Canadian Armed Forces. Perhaps the CAF has a vested interest in cleaning up the mess in the LTC homes?

 Feds Say They’re Powerless To Improve Care Homes Owned By Pension Board
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the federal government must intervene with a national chain of long-term care homes — that are privately operated but owned by a crown corporation — that has been accused of negligence. 

“I don’t accept ... the response that they can’t do anything about it,” Singh told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday. “I reject that.”
He said there’s “no way” that it “makes any sense” for the government to say it can’t interfere with the operations of a crown corporation. 
PSP Investments, the federal agency that manages pensions for federal employees, the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces, owns a 100 per cent stake in Revera Inc, which has been accused of being “systemically negligent” in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 Revera owns hundreds of long-term care homes in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom. At least 164 people have died with the novel coronavirus in Revera’s Canadian homes, HuffPost Canada first reported May 14. 
I do wonder how many have died in their UK homes?
Or their American homes?  I wonder if this very large, privately operated crown corporation, having operations in 3 nations, may have had influence on governmental decisions?
Trudeau is claiming the Feds are powerless to act? Why?
The federal government should audit conditions at Revera’s homes, Singh said, and bring long-term care under the jurisdiction of the Canada Health Act, the legislation that covers universally provided health-care services.
“There’s absolutely ways for the government to ensure that there is the proper standards being met,” he said.
But President of the Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos disagrees. He said Wednesday that PSP Investments operates at arms length from the government.
“PSP, as we call it, is an independent organization,” the government minister told reporters.
Revera staff and family members have said the company failed to prevent COVID-19 from spreading through its homes. Residents and their relatives are suing the company in a class action lawsuit that is now seeking $100 million in damages.
In Part 3 were going to cross the Atlantic and head towards the UK. England. Britain. Whatever you wish to call that location on our planet- That's our next destination.  

Part 1 is published  here 

 Part 3 has been published- here 

Part 4: Uncanny Similarities in LTC/Nursing Home Deaths That Span Both Sides of the Atlantic Ocean- Canada. UK. US

Part 1: Ontario & Quebec Killed Their Seniors In Long Term Care In a Manner Suspiciously Similar to Other Places

Kill:  to deprive of life : to cause the death of
  In my opinion it was gross negligence and malfeasance that resulted in the killings of far too many seniors in LTC homes. This could have been prevented. But it wasn't. The question is why?  Why was the same decisions made, the same actions carried out, in far too many jurisdictions around the globe that would inevitably result in the mass killing of seniors? 
 One can hardly believe them all to have been accidental?  When common sense, and past history along with well known problems in LTC homes would have or should have made the outcomes of these decisions knowable. Predictable?  That available information, widely accessible to governments, would clearly and unequivocally have allowed those that made the suspect decisions to know of their inevitable outcome.

Globe and Mail "Long-term care homes: Thousands of seniors were discharged from hospitals to nursing and retirement homes to makes space in hospitals"
As a result, it appears most of the nursing- and retirement-home residents who have succumbed to COVID-19 died inside the virus-stricken, understaffed facilities, while many of the hospital beds opened for coronavirus patients sat empty.
A scenario that played out globally.

Globe and Mail: How Shoring Up Hospitals for Covid 19 Contributed to Canada's Long Term Care Crisis
In the early days of Canada’s coronavirus response, when officials were consumed with fears of overwhelmed hospitals and rationed ventilators, a hospital in Oshawa, Ont., discharged an elderly patient named Nina Watt to a nearby nursing home.

Three weeks later, Ms. Watt was dead. Orchard Villa, the nursing and retirement home to which she had been transferred, went on to experience one of the worst outbreaks in the country, with 77 dead of COVID-19, including Ms. Watt.
Ms. Watt, 86, was one of thousands of seniors discharged to nursing and retirement homes as Ontario, Quebec and other provinces rushed to clear beds for a flood of COVID-19 patients that has so far not swamped hospitals, thanks in large part to shutdowns and physical distancing.
Orchard Villa is one of the 5 LTC homes  the military has been working in. And Orchard Villa is included in the report mentioned in this post:
Cockroaches and flies. Patients sleeping on bare mattresses. Rotten food smells. Patients left in diapers filled with excrement. Patients fed supine, including an incident of code blue choking, in the presence of military, the patient was not revived. If you're resident in Ontario and you haven't read this report? What the hell is wrong with you?
At the same time the acute-care sector was searching for space, some hospitals, physicians and long-term care facility administrators were discouraging families from sending infected nursing-home residents to the hospital, saying little could be done to effectively treat COVID-19 in patients who were old and chronically ill.
Were the LTC homes afraid of losing money? 
As a result, it appears most of the nursing- and retirement-home residents who have succumbed to COVID-19 in Canada died inside the virus-stricken, understaffed facilities, while many of the hospital beds opened for coronavirus patients sat empty.
“There’s a lot of age discrimination. There’s this presumption that, well, everybody in long-term care is there to die,” said Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in Toronto. “Of course, that doesn’t deal with the fact that, had they moved people out [of nursing homes] when they became aware they were COVID-positive, they might have been able to slow or stop the infections from continuing through the homes.”
The beds were clearly available in the hospitals. Why weren't the sick moved out of the LTC homes?
An estimated 80 per cent of the Canadians who’ve died of COVID-19 have been residents of seniors’ facilities, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
No province has been hit harder than Quebec, where 2,355 long-term care residents and 653 retirement-home residents have succumbed to the coronavirus and its resulting COVID-19.
The latest date for Quebec, as of today, May 29/2020 shows deaths from Covid at 4302.
From Quebec's Data for ages 60- 90+ it's clear that this age group accounts for 97 percent of the deaths, undoubtedly the vast majority, if not all of them in LTC homes. 

 Globe and Mail continued
Ontario has reported 1,427 deaths among nursing-home patients and 125 among residents of retirement homes, while British Columbia and Alberta have each managed to keep COVID-19 deaths at seniors’ facilities below 100 as of Wednesday. (all stats are from the time of G&M's article and have likely changed as of today's date)


At the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Quebec government justified its decision to move patients out of the hospital network on two grounds.
First, Health Minister Danielle McCann said that during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, patients with flu-like symptoms flooded emergency wards. In addition, this time, officials wanted to prevent the more pessimistic projections for the impact of COVID-19, what Premier François Legault called “an Italian-style scenario,” in which hospitals would run out of ventilators and intensive-care beds.
The 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic was another claimed pandemic that amounted to a hill of beans,
mild, nothing even remotely as severe as previous non pandemic flu seasons. Of course people died as they do every viral season. Which is always tragic. But nothing occurred then that justified the hype of the time. I wrote extensively about "swine flu" at that time. 

Premier Francois Legault did not avoid "an Italian- style scenario". He, in fact, recreated the Italian scenario. Exactly.
On March 8, a resolution by Attilio Fontana, president of the Lombardy region – Italy’s economic engine and the epicenter of the epidemic with 12,213 deceased - sentenced hundreds of elderly people ( ←the order as issued) hosted in nursing homes to death.
The regional resolution offering150 euros ($163) to nursing homes for accepting Covid-19 patients to ease the burden on hospitals, contributed to the uncontrolled spread of the virus among health workers and elderly guests, turning these institutions into virus hotbeds.

Hosting Covid-19 patients in nursing homes was like lighting a match in a haystack. 
Quebec  undertakes "load shedding" including paying LTC homes to take possibly infected patients, exactly as Italy had done.
"During the month of March, Quebec hospitals were directed to do “load shedding,” freeing beds by postponing elective procedures and transferring patients.
Other local health authorities turned to private elder-care homes.The health board for Montreal North, for example, agreed to pay a total of $133,800 to three private seniors’ facilities for a dozen residents, “to apply our load-shedding plan because of COVID-19,” the procurement contracts said.

“It had to be done, taking people who could be transferred to LTC homes to free beds in hospital and eventually handle the incoming wave caused by COVID-19,” Mr. Legault later told reporters to justify the decision.
In Ontario, hospitals transferred out nearly 2,200 alternate-level-of-care, or ALC, patients from March 2 to May 3 – 1,589 of them to long-term care homes and 605 to retirement homes, according to the province’s Ministry of Health.
Ms. Watt, who had Parkinson’s disease, had been at Oshawa General Hospital, part of the Lakeridge Health network east of Toronto, since a fall in January left her incapable of returning to the apartment where she lived on her own.

She did not want to move to Orchard Villa, but she reluctantly agreed to the transfer on March 23, her son, Andrew Watt, said.  Andrew Watt, said. Ms. Watt died of COVID-19 on April 15, three days after testing positive.

“When I talked to her at the hospital, she told me she didn’t want to go there,” her son said. “But they were telling her that was the only option she had.”
In preparation for the pandemic, the Ontario government made regulatory amendments on March 24 that allowed placement co-ordinators to send ALC patients to any long-term care home with an appropriate bed, although patients technically had a right to refuse.
Normally, patients choose a handful of preferred homes and wait for an opening. In Ms. Watt’s case, Orchard Villa was last on her list, and she only added it at the urging of the local health authority that co-ordinates placements, Mr. Watt said"
Local health authorities urged her to add Orchard Villa to her list of homes? When? Why?
"Nursing-home patients infected with the coronavirus were never supposed to be denied hospital care if they needed it, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Health, but it’s not clear how much of that message filtered down to the independent players in the system.

Linda Cottrell, whose 93-year-old father, Manuel Marques, also died of COVID-19 at Orchard Villa, said a doctor at the home called and chastised her for trying to send her father to the emergency room at Lakeridge Health’s Ajax Pickering Hospital, east of Toronto.

It was a step Ms. Cottrell only agreed to after an Orchard Villa nurse called to ask what she wanted done with her father, who had spiked a high fever. Mr. Marques was awaiting his coronavirus test results at the time.

“[The doctor] was angry with me that I had sent him to the hospital,” Ms. Cottrell said, adding the doctor accused her of putting her father at risk with the move. “Then [the doctor] said they didn’t even take him into the hospital. They turned him around, and they sent him back.”
What was wrong with this doctor? Why was he so adamant about patients not getting necessary treatment in hospital?
"Sharon Navarro, a spokeswoman for Lakeridge Health, said she could not comment on the cases of Mr. Marques or Ms. Watt for privacy reasons. The executive director of Orchard Villa declined to answer a list of questions sent by e-mail, instead referring The Globe and Mail to a statement from Ms. Navarro. The Central East Local Health Integration Network, which co-ordinates placements in long-term care, also declined to speak about Ms. Watt’s case because of privacy.

The Quebec government also tried to cut down on movements back toward hospitals. Clinical guidelines issued on March 23 said that residents in long-term care facilities who contracted the new illness should only be sent to hospitals “on an exceptional basis and after consultation with the doctor on duty.”

Jean-Pierre Ménard, a lawyer specializing in patients’ rights, wrote to the Health Minister, raising concerns about the guidelines. In his letter, Mr. Ménard argued that it was hard to get elderly patients to give proper consent on their level of care since they had been locked down in care homes with no access to their relatives since mid-March.
At first, Quebec’s Premier and Health Minister insisted that it was better to keep elderly residents in long-term care facilities. “It is never good to transfer people, to move people to other facilities, including the elderly, who get settled in and then become distraught when they change locations,” Mr. Legault told reporters on April 2.

A few days later, the Quebec government realized that, with fewer than 700 COVID-19 patients in hospital, the dire forecasts of overwhelmed emergencies and intensive-care units weren’t materializing."
Why didn't the Quebec government, upon realizing that the hospitals were NOT overwhelmed, as per their "dire forecasts", aka fudged models, not move the elderly into the hospital beds that were available, sitting empty, waiting to be used for treating covid patients?  Why wasn't this done? Why didn't Ontario's Ford government take appropriate actions either?

Part 2 has been published- here
Part 3 has been published- here

Pt.4: Uncanny Similarities in LTC/Nursing Home Deaths That Span Both Sides of the Atlantic Ocean- Canada. UK. US