This NYT investigation of Belgium’s catastrophic nursing home failures is a shocking read. But on behalf of Catholic Twitter it seems to me the connection to Belgium’s culture of liberal euthenasia may be relevant here.
Shocking. What a shame for Belgium. Our minister of health is proud we never ran out of hospital beds. via
A Cautionary Tale from Belgium. Warnings that its nursing homes were vulnerable were ignored. The pandemic then sent them to the back of the line for equipment + care, allowing thousands to be denied access to care by hospitals that had space. via
Here is a graph of Belgium's weekly mortality counts for the past twenty years, with this year (to date) highlighted in red. And here is today's New York Times report documenting the grim reality that the graph represents:
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die putting old ppl in institutions means when rubber hits road they'll be seen as a cost
In early April, while in lockdown, I spoke to a friend who works at . She said "you won’t believe it but we’re sending teams into nursing homes, they’re completely overwhelmed." That was the beginning of a reporting effort that lasted 3+ months #thread
European nations still lead the world in Covid-19 deaths per capita. A gruesome failure to protect the elderly is largely to blame.
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die I conducted my first interview for this investigation in mid-April and our findings got more gruesome & shocking since. Please read.
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die. A shocking investigation into the Belgian care home slaughter. by colleagues: .. photos by
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die - The New York Times Belgium. This is painful, painful reading Even at the height of the outbreak in April ICU beds were no more than about 55% full. Yet elderly patients were turned away, left to die
Belgium employed a eugenic policy response. Even as 40% of hospital beds sat empty they denied care to older adults and literally just let them die.
Belgian medical personnel were so worried about filling up hospital beds with coronavirus victims that they left many older people to die in poorly equipped nursing homes, contributing to the country's high death rate.
Did any country treat its elderly more cruelly than Belgium? Thousands left to die in nursing homes, even as ICU beds were only half filled. A harrowing investigation by ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die
'Nor was help coming. Ms. Doyen had begged hospitals to collect her infected residents. They refused. Sometimes she was told to administer morphine and let death come. Once she was told to pray.'
Read this alongside it for the covid neglect picture hare And this for policy and financial context And of course, for situation of people with intellectual disabilities
When #Covid19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die. Warnings had piled up for years that nursing homes were vulnerable, but the pandemic sent them to the back of the line for care, by via #aging #ageism
Much of the COVID-19 debate overestimates what government can do. But there is no area in which government action has mattered more to death tolls than nursing homes.
In een normaal land, of in normale tijden (één van beide volstaat) had al lang ontslag moeten nemen. Huiveringwekkende reportage in . De krant is ver-nie-ti-gend over het Belgische blunderbeleid (en over haar).
When #Covid19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die
In August, the (previous) health minister (whose incompetence has been documented by your newspaper ), sidelined the virologists and actively enlisted notable 'corona sceptics' who were spreading dangerous misinformation. /2
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die in USA via et al
Scathing report on how in #Belgium, elderly were denied hospitalization and critical care for #COVID19, even when hospital beds were available. Wondering who in the labyrinth of governments and ministers will be held accountable for this shameful neglect.
“I never thought I would work with M.S.F. in my own country. That’s crazy. We are a rich country,” said Marine Tondeur, a Belgian nurse who has worked in South Sudan and Haiti. “I feel a bit ashamed, actually, that we forgot those homes.”
When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die via et al
why we (must) talk about things in terms of health justice. the injustice older people have and are experiencing cannot be erased. though people will try to do so. expect a lot of "we did the best that we could" .
Horrific - When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die