Ron Winter on the Vancouver Island Granny Snatching story:
By way of an update I am about to tell you how badly things there have gone since media attention focused on Broadmead and Mrs. Palamarek. This isn’t pretty…
Compare the sad case of authorities imprisoning one kind old person who has harmed no one and puts no person at risk while other authorities push a child killer back into the community, even that which is home to the grieving mother of his three dead children. Sadly, the Palamarek case has similar roots to the situation of Allan Schoenborn.
What is at work is bureaucratic inertia, the resistance to change and predilection for the status quo. Someone makes a decision, all others resist altering that decision, regardless of the facts. Entreaties from the effected are disregarded and only when the sunlight of public attention shines does reconsideration become possible. The fact set doesn’t change, only the level of deliberation forced on the decision makers.
We cannot understand the motivation of Broadmead Lodge that led them to obstruct Mrs. Palamarek’s departure but ultimately, her needs and desires took a back seat to the facility’s aim of preventing scrutiny of their work. That leaves one wondering what else is going on at Victoria’s Hotel California. Is this a warehouse of drugged seniors kept idle by medication to lessen staffing requirements and increase profits? Perhaps, they bury mistakes with no one aware except family members who are demonized when they object.
Remember the last verse of the song made famous by The Eagles:
We see clearly the randomness of approaches to innocent human lives. Some persons fall into black holes of bureaucracy, never to be seen again, while others ricochet unconstrained through the institutional universe. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond the Representative for Children and Youth – provides a near perfect example of how an independent expert observer can light the proper paths for care organizations that become stuck on the wrong direction through bureaucratic inertia.
I’ve drawn the Palamarek case to the personal attention of certain politicians, not so much for examination of specific details – she is, after all, only one of many such victims – but for commitments to change the processes at work. Adrian Dix provided the only response:
For several years, I have called for legislation to establish an independent seniors’ representative, and I will establish this post when elected Premier.
Similar to the Independent Children’s Representative, a provincial seniors’ representative would keep a government accountable, and would serve as an advocate for patients in care, their families, and the staff who care for them.
Front line workers seniors and their families could turn to the representative to address concerns around quality of care and impact of government decisions, The representative would also monitor and determine if B.C. programs and services are delivering the care seniors require, and if underlying government policy is improving or undermining seniors’ health care.