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Dubé accepts independent inquiry into the death of Normand Meunier

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press “A situation like that experienced by Mr. Meunier at the Saint-Jérôme hospital must never occur,” Mr. Dubé’s office said in a message sent to “The Canadian Press.”

Caroline Plante – The Canadian Press in Quebec

Published yesterday at 9:29 a.m.

  • Quebec

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, launched an independent investigation into the tragic death of Normand Meunier on Wednesday evening, following pressure from opposition parties.

Last January, the 66-year-old quadriplegic man went to Saint-Jérôme hospital to treat a respiratory virus. He developed a major pressure ulcer in his buttocks, and on March 29, resorted to medical assistance in dying to end his suffering.

Wednesday, Representatives of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Quebec Solidaire (QS) and the Parti Québécois (PQ) cried out for mistreatment, describing the death of Normand Meunier at a press briefing as a “real shame” for Quebec.

They also said they were dissatisfied with the internal investigation launched by the CISSS des Laurentides, the same one “which is at the root of the fiasco”, according to solidarity deputy Vincent Marissal.

“Normally, you don't investigate yourself […] when you are responsible for a fiasco,” he pointed out. We should have an independent investigation, because what happened there is […] absolutely shameful in a society like ours,” he said.

“It’s not true that we’re just going to push this under the rug, pretending that nothing happened,” added Mr. Marissal, who is calling for an “official apology.” are also presented to the widow of Mr. Meunier, Sylvie Brosseau.

The latter, very emotional, declared during the press briefing that she wanted to continue “the fight” and ensure that her partner did not die “in vain”. “There are other people who are very unwell in hospitals at the moment. […] We have to take care of it,” she said.

Liberal MP Elisabeth Prass argued that “we have a responsibility as a society to care for our most vulnerable” and reminded that medical assistance in dying should never replace care.

“What happened to Mr. Meunier would have could have been avoided […] if there had been suitable mattresses, […] professionals to move it, she stressed. Entering the hospital to treat one illness and then leaving with another is truly tragic. »

“Do people who suffer from a disability receive appropriate care ?” asked PQ member Joël Arseneau.< /p>

“Can we talk about institutional mistreatment in a very anecdotal way, or on the contrary, are there cases like that that can occur as we speak today ? »

Walter Zelaya, of Spinal Cord and Motricity Quebec, said he was convinced that we were facing a “systemic problem”. He insisted on the need for an independent investigation.

“As we speak, we have more than 50 cases that we have listed with problematic situations, just in connection with the pressure ulcers”, he reported, specifying that these “people, fortunately, have not yet died”.

Interviewed in the corridors of the National Assembly, upon leaving the meeting of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Dubé reiterated that he finds “totally unacceptable” that Mr. Meunier died in these circumstances.

In the evening, his office indicated that he had personally called Ms. Brosseau to offer his condolences and to announce that an independent investigation will be launched.

“A situation like that experienced by Mr. Meunier at the Saint-Jérôme hospital must never happen,” said Mr. Dubé’s office in a message sent to The Canadian Press.

“We are going further to shed light on the events and make the necessary corrections. At all times, Quebecers must obtain care that meets the highest quality standards. »

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116