When one thinks it can’t get any worse……..it does!
Now the Ministry of Health is back in the headlines, AGAIN, with another scandal, but this one involves “Life and Death”, much the same as the ORNGE scandal.
Yet Deb Matthews still hangs on like a parasite on a drowning victim, knowing if she lets go, there is no life rafts left to float her out of harms way!
Wynne is complicit in the foot dragging on how this watered down Chemotherapy drug was available through one of Ontario’s drug contractors that supply hospitals with Cancer treating drugs!
Nothing short of mass resignations of all these mandarins of failure would be good enough for Ontarians at this point……….at the very least!
NOW we need to protect ourselves from our “elected” officials!
Premier Kathleen Wynne should have stood up and taken chastened ownership of this ghastly crisis.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) said Thursday that the Ontario College of Pharmacists has taken on the responsibility of monitoring companies that supply hospitals with the chemo drugs.
Kathleen Wynne doesn’t wish to point a finger of blame in the diluted chemotherapy drugs scandal because it would be aimed directly at her government’s appallingly careless and delinquent Health ministry.
The bungling of critical treatment for nearly 1,200 cancer patients who received degraded chemo cocktails isn’t solely due to unfathomably inadequate quality control oversight by a ministry with a woeful record of administering our health care system. Ottawa — Health Canada — is complicit in a country-wide failure to monitor, via strict production protocols, cost-cutting out-sourcing and bulk-buying trends.
But it took the minority Liberal government premier a week to even concede that there were no binding regulations or regular inspections in place at the unaccredited Mississauga drug company allegedly responsible for supplying saline-weakened mixed chemotherapy drugs to hospitals — and only after that stunning fact was discovered by Toronto Star reporters. Had journalists at this paper not vigilantly pursued the story, we probably still wouldn’t know the extent and severity of the institutional mismanagement. On the subject of health, in particular, the Liberals have an atrocious history of incompetence and obfuscation — from the boondoggle of eHealth online medical record compilation to the extravagant wastefulness of ORNGE air ambulance services.
Ordering an independent review of quality assurance in the province’s cancer drug supply-chain, as the government announced on Tuesday, is a feeble stab at damage control, an obvious bid to dilute the controversy, dial down public outrage by appearing to be doing something corrective, and deferring any political reckoning for the whole mess.
Reviewing is what governments do when they’re stalling, when they take us all for passive idiots. Cloak yourself in the perceived integrity of an outside investigation, clutter that panel with individuals representing agencies and institutions that have plenty to hide, and thereby deflect questions that demand urgent, immediate answers. The Ontario College of Pharmacists won’t even provide the Star with copies of inspection reports related to three different accredited Marchese pharmacies which do fall under the professional association’s purview.
Marchese is a many-headed enterprise incorporating both pharmacies and drug-distribution components. Marchese Health Care, an accredited pharmacy in Mississauga last inspected in January, operates under the same roof as Marchese Hospital Solutions, the company that provided the watered-down pre-mixed chemo preparation to hospitals in Ontario and New Brunswick.
Instead of merely and belatedly delegating the College to assume responsibility as well for monitoring companies that supply hospitals with chemo drugs — as a flailing Wynne did Thursday — the premier should have stood up and taken chastened ownership of this ghastly crisis. At least that might set the proper tone, serve as an example.
Beg forgiveness of those affected cancer patients and their families, give voice to the public anger and disgust, promise compensation for the emotional trauma — whether or not cause and effect of inadequate medical treatment can be proven — and, just for once, provide a frank, detailed elucidation of what’s happening behind the scenes rather than crouching behind confidentiality excuses. Just one bloody time, I’d like institutions and government to come clean promptly, honorably, when drastic ineptness has been exposed.
Wynne didn’t do any of that.