The flag is at half-mast at the National Assembly on March 11, 2021, to pay tribute to the victims of COVID-19. (File photo)
During the first hearings held Monday at the Montreal courthouse, Me Martin-Ménard explained that Quebec had a plan to fight a pandemic in 2006. However, the government lacked diligence towards residents of public CHSLDs by delaying implementing this action plan, argues the lawsuit.
Quebec's pandemic response plan, said Martin-Ménard, asks the government to issue a pre-pandemic alert to health establishments when it is confirmed that a new virus is spreading from animals to humans. This fact was known as early as January 6, 2020 for COVID-19, but the province did not issue an alert, lamented the lawyer.
The government only began officially preparing for the arrival of the pandemic at the end of February, two days before the first cases were detected in the province .
What we are claiming here is that if this plan had been put in place, as it should have been in January 2020, the establishments would have had time to prepare for the pandemic and prepare vulnerable customers.
A quote from Mr. Patrick Martin-Ménard, lawyer for the plaintiffs
No specific plans were communicated to the health system regarding protecting long-term care centers until the end of March, he added. This delay caused Quebec to miss its preparation window, which led to disastrous consequences.
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