Ford Announces Task Force To Roll Out COVID-19 Vaccine

26 Novembre, 2020, 01:09 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk speaks during a news conference

Lysyk's report found that the province's overall response to the pandemic was hindered by "systemic issues and delays", causing it to act slower than other jurisdictions.

His control of some things was even "further diminished" in August, when Lysyk notes that the Ministry's Health Services Emergency Branch changed hands from Williams to another politician who is not a doctor or health official. "I won't stand for this".

Ford added that Williams and the health team "work around the clock for nine months straight without taking a single break".

Ford said from the "outset of the pandemic, we have moved at rapid speed, we have broken down siloes, our entire government has been working together".

"Throughout this pandemic, we have been sounding the alarm about how human health resources, insufficient instrumentation, equipment failure, paper-based laboratory information systems, and supply chain concerns are resulting in delayed turnaround times, not the inaction of overworked medical laboratory teams", a statement said.

There are more than 106,000 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including deaths and recoveries.

Flanked by Williams and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott at his daily news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Ford sought to discredit Lysyk's report by saying it contained "21 pages of inaccuracies".

The report from AG Bonnie Lysyk says Ontario's response "was not dominated by public health expertise" and that Dr. Williams did not lead Ontario's response to the pandemic.

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Lysyk said numerous issues her office identified would have been avoidable if the province had acted on lessons from the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Lysyk said her audit discovered delays in decision making by the Ford government and health officials. For example, the final report from the SARS Commission said that taking decisive action early was the most important lesson from that outbreak.

Michelle Hoad, CEO of the Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario said her organization had been calling for improvements to testing capacity throughout the pandemic. "As of August 2020, in the province as a whole, an average of only about 80% of individuals who tested positive had been contacted that quickly". The audit also concluded Ontario's COVID response was often disorganized and inconsistent because of variations in management and operations among public health units. It also noted that public health reforms recommended 15 years ago by the SARS Commission had not been fully acted on and that Ontario's 34 public health units were still operating independently with best practices still not being shared as of the report's release.

Surges of the virus significantly impacted provincial testing labs, which were not fully integrated with the public health information system.

"This government has abused people's trust", said Vanthof. "In most cases, the Ministry's targets for these activities were not met", the report states.

The report comes a week after Lysyk released a series of environmental value-for-money audits.

Of the four cases, transmission was listed as local for two, pending for another and close contact for the fourth.

A total of 87 cases have recovered.

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