Inquiry needed for Maples PCH
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This article was published 13/02/2021 (839 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Residents of The Maples are appalled by the Pallister government’s complete neglect of seniors at Maples Personal Care Home.
In November 2020, paramedics were called to Maples PCH after eight residents died from COVID-19 over a 48-hour period. My colleagues and I send our condolences to all families impacted by these fatalities.
We immediately called for the government to take over the centre so that residents would receive necessary medical care and families would know that there was adequate staffing for their loved ones. This request was completely ignored by the Pallister government, which voted down our motion and has still not taken over the facility.
The government failed residents in the Maples PCH time and time again. A report showed that the facility was understaffed, and requests for more health-care workers was ignored. As a result, residents’ care was severely compromised, with dozens suffering dehydration and malnutrition.
Manitobans found out just recently that the licence for Maples PCH was under review by Manitoba Health. Manitobans deserved to know this was happening immediately, but instead the government withheld the information until media reported on it a month later.
The review found that pandemic planning and urgency was insufficient. The report also failed to provide answers to key questions such as why requests for additional staffing were not answered.
That is why my colleagues and I are calling for a public inquiry immediately. This public inquiry is essential so that Revera Inc., the owner of Maples PCH, and the government are held accountable.
The NDP continues to stand in solidarity with Maples PCH residents and their family, and will continue to advocate for them in the legislature.
We extend our condolences to everyone impacted by the tragedies at Maples PCH.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 204-417-3486, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maples constituency report
Mintu Sandhu is the NDP MLA for The Maples.