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Updated: June 5, 2022
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Seniors, Euthanasia, Death Panel Policies, Denial of Healthcare
Death and Long-Term Care Home Policies
The following references document published treatment-denial policies along with reporting of their actual use. These health-rationing policies (the term “death panels” is appropriate) to not treat the elderly and frail were introduced using the COVID “emergency” as a justification. They signaled government and corporate intent to prejudge each patient’s situation and withhold treatments (even hospital admission). The results were neglect and additional, unnecessary deaths. These documents and news reports should be used in prosecutions.
Ontario government: Long term care home patients would refused hospital admission: “’triage protocol’ for doctors” “ethically fraught decisions over how to ration critical care beds” “long-term-care patients … no longer…transferred to hospitals” https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/29/ontario-developing-last-resort-guidelines-on-which-patients-to-prioritize-if-hospitals-are-overwhelmed-by-critical-covid-19-cases.html (accessed May 25, 2021)
Canadian government: non-COVID-19 patients would be transferred from hospitals to long term care homes and COVID-19 LTC patients would not be transferred to hospitals: “LTC facilities …admission of non-COVID-19 hospital patients” “If COVID-19 does develop … cared for within the facility” “palliative care and/or pain management” https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-pandemic-guidance-health-care-sector.html (accessed May 25, 2021)
Canadian Medical Association: “committees” “physicians receive legal protection” from “civil or criminal liability or professional discipline” “priority to younger patients” https://policybase.cma.ca/en/viewer?file=%2Fdocuments%2FPolicypdf%2FPD20-03.pdf (accessed May 25, 2021). Original CMA policy link has been removed. Document archived here: https://web.archive.org/web/20220120092523/https://policybase.cma.ca/en/viewer?file=%2fdocuments%2fPolicyPDF%2fPD20-03.pdf.
These policies were carried out – in addition to strict isolation policies in LTC homess. And many reports have details describing the consequences (while framing the policies as somehow part of a well-intentioned emergency response).
Globe and Mail report documents how these policies were carried out and the results: “thousands of seniors discharged to nursing and retirement homes as Ontario, Quebec and other provinces rushed to clear beds” “some hospitals, physicians” and LTC admins “discouraging families from sending infected nursing-home residents to the hospital” “most of … residents who have succumbed to COVID-19… died inside the virus-stricken, understaffed facilities, while many … beds opened for [covid] patients sat empty” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-how-shoring-up-hospitals-for-covid-19-contributed-to-canadas-long/ (accessed May 25, 2021)
Financial Accountability Office documents the use of these policies (and cancellation of surgeries) and the amazing increase in empty hospital beds: Before COVID, Ontario had “906 acute care beds, 357 critical care beds” unoccupied. Measures included “cancelling elective surgeries” and “moving existing hospital patients to alternative places of care” By April 23, 2020, there were “9,345 unoccupied acute care and 2,191 unoccupied critical care beds” https://fao-on.org/en/Blog/Publications/health-2020 (accessed May 25, 2021)
The increase in surplus hospital beds indicates no lack of resources and no real emergency contrary to the justifications required by the original emergency law used by the Ontario government in 2020.
CTV News documents the half empty hospitals resulting from COVID policies across Canada: “lights … turned off in some … corridors” “not even staffing it with nurses” “more than 11 thousand unoccupied beds in hospitals across Canada” “surgeries-almost 53 thousand-have been cancelled” April 29, 2020: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/all-of-our-rooms-are-empty-hospital-ers-vacant-during-pandemic-1.4918208 (accessed May 25, 2021)
Ontario COVID death policies
An overall picture of many and various COVID death policies introduced in Ontario relating to the elderly–including some temporary policies, for example, about electronic death certificates and rushing families to choose a funeral home–is presented in the following article by journalist Rosemary Frei: off-guardian.org/2020/05/26/were-conditions-for-high-death-rates-at-care-homes-created-on-purpose.
Analysis regarding death rates
For an analysis regarding mortality rates for certain jurisdictions such as Ontario, see the research done by Denis G. Rancourt, PhD of the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca). His articles on COVID are here: https://denisrancourt.ca/categories.php?id=1&name=covid. Three of his articles relevant to mortality rates are:
- 2020-06-02 ::: All-cause mortality during COVID-19 – No plague and a likely signature of mass homicide by government response
- 2021-08-06 ::: Analysis of all-cause mortality by week in Canada 2010-2021, by province, age and sex: There was no COVID-19 pandemic, and there is strong evidence of response-caused deaths in the most elderly and in young males
- 2021-10-25 ::: Nature of the COVID-era public health disaster in the USA, from all-cause mortality and socio-geo-economic and climatic data