Patients would rather sleep than have clean diapers: Quebec health minister
With the opposition expressing shame, Quebec’s health minister has said 84 per cent of seniors living in long-term-care centres would rather sleep through the night in soiled diapers than be awakened to be changed.
“Mr. (Gaétan) Barrette is always looking for excuses for giving the least possible service,” Parti Québécois opposition leader Jean-François Lisée told reporters. “If a person wants to be changed, they should be able to press a button and be changed. It’s not up to the minister to say he has statistics to refuse a service which is basic to human dignity.”
“I can hardly believe he said that,” added Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault. “Embarrassing. Very embarrassing.”
Lisée and Legault were reacting to comments made by Barrette in a Tuesday interview with Saguenay radio station KYK 957 Radio X as part of a media tour of the province to explain Quebec’s decision to invest an additional $65 million in long-term care centres.
Barrette said last week that the money will be used to hire 1,150 employees — nurses, nursing aides and orderlies — and will boost the quality of care for the 37,000 Quebecers living in CHSLD (Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée) residences.
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