For the CAQ, denunciation is mandatory in case of elder abuse


 17 January 2017

“The CAQ is going to fight to include in the new Bill 115 the duty to report elder abuse, a provision that was included in the former Bill 339 of Marguerite Blais, but had been discarded by the Quebec Liberal Party.” That was the statement made by Health critic for the CAQ, François Paradis, during the opening of the parliamentary committee to study Bill 115 to counter elder abuse.

This bill lacks teeth and contains only general principles, deplores François Paradis. “We were expecting a strong and ambitious action plan with concrete and effective tools.  Even former Liberal Member Marguerite Blais, who made the well-being of the elders the main goal of her political engagement, is left hungry! Her October 2013 bill goes far beyond that” pointed out the Member for Lévis.

The CAQ is determined to put forward many measures to fill the void and to ensure the security of our elders. The CAQ will propose these among others:

-The obligation to report any form of maltreatment of seniors;

-The immediate deposit of the rules and terms for the installation of camera surveillance, in order to guide better the residents who wish to install them in their room;

-The formal assurance that all needed resources will be available at healthcare institutions to successfully apply the law;

-The inclusion of sanctions for those who violate the rules.

“Today, others groups also demand the denunciation to be included in the bill. Groups such as, the Conseil pour la protection des malades, the Association québécoise des retraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic and the Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées, adds cheerfully François Paradis. ”The broken promises and empty rhetoric days are over : I want concrete actions. Our elders must be treated with all the attention, the respect and the dignity they deserve. The maltreatment of our elders is a real social scourge that must be detected early to be completely eradicated. Let’s work together so that abuse cases do not occur anymore in Quebec”, concluded the Member for Levis.

RLTCC: One Bath a Week Is Not Enough, Condemns Paradis


 1 June 2016

The MNA François Paradis is asking the Health Minister to have some compassion; and to listen to the population’s clear message to the government, about a review of the frequency of weekly baths provided to patients that are staying at the Residential Long-Term Care Centers (RLTCCs).

A survey conducted by the firm Léger for TVA, reveals that 92% of Quebecers believe that a single bath or shower a week is insufficient. 81% of respondents equally believe that Quebec should invest between 20 to 30 million dollars more, to secure yet another bath or shower to the elders in the RLTCCs.

Unlike Minister Barrette, who supports that « cleaning someone with a washcloth is just as effective as a bath », the CAQ considers that providing two baths a week should be the “national standard” in the RLTCCs. “The population is demanding loud and clear for a minimum of two baths, and to invest in our collective tomorrow. The public has spoken: Please, let us sympathize and understand the reality of the people in the RLTCCs”, states regretfully François Paradis to the Journal de Montréal.