Friday, July 8, 2011

21 Niagara C. diff patients now dead in Liberal-run health-monopoly; chief local Liberal monopolist Jim Bradley disappears

Grant Lafleche reported in the  July 9, 2011 St.Catharines Standard that, as of late Jul.8, 2011,  21 C. difficile patients have now died in Niagara:

"Wash your hands."
It's a phrase Niagara Health System officials have repeated like a mantra since the C. difficile outbreak began in May. It's the single most important thing anyone can do, they say, to contain the spread of the potentially lethal bacteria.
But on Friday — after she reported three more outbreak patients had died — interim CEO Sue Matthews said nurses are finding some visitors are becoming increasingly agitated and refuse to wash to their hands.
"As a nurse, I can tell you that dealing with aggressive people is a daily part of the job. You have a greater chance of being assaulted if you are a nurse than if you are a cop," Matthews said.
"People are refusing to wash their hands when asked by nurses, and we have to tell them now that if they refuse, we will call security and they will escort them out of the building."
No nurses have been physically assaulted, Matthews said, but some have dealt with verbal abuse from people flatly refusing to wash their hands. By not doing so, these visitors risk spreading C. difficile in the hospital or bringing it home with them.
While Matthews was puzzled about why visitors would take the risk of not washing their hands, she also had to report three more C. difficile patients have died, bringing the total number of C. difficile patients who have died since the first outbreak was declared May 28 to 21.
Of the three most recent deaths, two were from the St. Catharines General Hospital. The third was a patient at the Niagara-on-the-Lake hospital. Matthews said although that facility is not in outbreak and has only one other C. difficile patient, the death was reported in the interests of transparency.
"We have heard from the media and the public that they want this kind of information," she said, referring to criticism from Niagara Falls politicians who attacked the NHS for not reporting C. difficile deaths prior to the outbreak being declared at the Niagara Falls hospital June 23.
Twelve of the C. diff deaths occurred in St. Catharines. Of the 21, 20 were outbreak patients who contracted the illness in hospital. The other was a community-acquired infection.
Matthews also said an epidemiologist from the Public Health Agency of Canada will spend the next three weeks in Niagara examining the NHS outbreak data. The doctor will look at how the health system collects and uses information and might offer recommendations on how to improve it to better see developing trends in the hospital and infection control measures.
Matthews said she hopes the epidemiologist might be able to shed some light on the origins of the outbreak. According to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care data prior to the end of May, St. Catharines General had a C. difficile infection rate that was the same as other Ontario hospitals of similar size.
That changed drastically with the outbreak.
"So we are hoping the epidemiologist can help us understand what happened," Matthews said.
Outbreaks at the Greater Niagara General Hospital and the Welland hospital were declared June 23.
On Thursday, the Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines, which receives patients from all three NHS hospitals, also declared a C. difficile outbreak. No patients have died at the rehab centre and Dieu Shaver officials said Friday its outpatient services remain open for its patients".

   Thankfully, though, Lafleche didn't bother to mention or provide any comments from any Liberal health-monopolists for this story; naturally, St.Catharines' own Liberal MPP Jim Bradley was nowhere to be found, hidden in a protective media cone of silence.
    Lafleche did NOT bother to mention that Jim Bradley's Liberals REFUSED to hold a public inquiry into the PREVIOUS C. difficile outbreak in Ontario - - - back in 2008!
    {After all, what's Good Ole Jimmy gots ta do wid any o' dis stuff, eh??!}
    In 2008, Bradley's Liberals were telling Ontarians that everything's ok, that there was no need to worry, that the Liberals have dealt with the deadly C. difficile issue... yet, here we are again in 2011 - - and more Ontarians are dead from C. dif -  and SOMEHOW {!!} the local media SPIN and HIDE from the fact that the Liberals lied about their previous C. difficile claims.
   When Matthews now blabbers about "hoping the epidemiologist can help us understand what happened", Lafleche - if  he was a reporter not a spin-doctor - would have asked why this very same question hadn't already been answered back in 2008, when the Liberals could have obtained  a vast array of information and developed subsequent state-of-the-art policy by participating in a C. diff  public inquiry.
    Future lives could certainly have been saved had  a pre-emptive transparent inquiry been held in 2008. (After all: hundreds of C. dif deaths had ALREADY THEN occurred in Ontario.)
    Instead, the Liberals PURPOSEFULLY HID from a public inquiry in 2008, lied about their so-called C. dif measures, and viola: Liberal single-payer-policy killed MORE ONTARIANS in 2011.
    It's beyond belief that any hospital officials in 2011 can say they doesn't fully understand what happened... because, THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT A PUBLIC INQUIRY would have examined!!
   This begs the question: did the disgusting Liberal health minister hack Deb Matthews 'understand what happened' in 2011? Did the disgusting Liberal health minister hack Smitherman ever 'understand what happened' on his watch in 2008?!
    Did ANY Liberal understand anything, whether in 2008 or in 2011?
    These Liberals were holding the ENTIRE POPULATION of Ontario hostage in a single-payer health monopoly which was KILLING PATIENTS, and these despotic Liberals (solely for political motives) FAILED to protect their hostages. The hostages had NO CHOICE but to attend hospitals in Ontario, which were run under Liberal  monopolist policies.
    But Lafleche DID NOT bother to bring up any such questions!
    What we got from the St.Catharines Standard was AWARD-WINNING PROPAGANDA.
    Far be it for any Standard hack to point out the links between what the Liberals did and said in 2008, to what happened  - AGAIN - in Niagara in 2011; and then, to follow-up with any Liberal (such as their own local Liberal pet Jim Bradley) on this deadly Liberal incompetence.
   It's astounding to see such a crafted piece of deflective hagiography as Lafleche's July 9, 2011 story, which deceptively OMITS any mention of any Liberals {... now THAT's "award-winning" propaganda!!}, as if no Liberal anywhere in Ontario ever had anything to do with the C. difficile issue. Lafleche made sure not to provide any context to his story by omitting any examination of the Ontario Liberals' past actions on the C. diff issue.

     All that any Ontario reporter has to do in 2011, is re-read the lies uttered by Liberal Dalton McGuinty, as seen in this Sept.25, 2008 St.Catharines Standard story, and compare it to what is happening less than 3 years later in the summer of 2011.
    Read it and weep:
    In 2008, the lying Liberal conman McGuinty claimed his Liberals had a 'good understanding' of C. difficile and the manner in which it is spread'..
    In 2008 -  standing in Ontario's legislature, no less - the lying Liberal conman McGuinty falsely assured Ontarians that 'hospitals now know how to protect against the spread of C. difficile'.
    In 2008, the Liberal liar McGuinty said that a public inquiry was not needed, because some un-named "medical experts" told him that 'an inquiry would not tell them anything they didn't already know'.

     Yet, in 2011, the 'experts' and the politicians in Niagara quite obviously DID NOT know what McGuinty had negligently claimed they 'already knew' in 2008.
    Read it and see the bald-faced Liberal lies and deception, perpetrated upon Ontario's hostage-patients in 2008; then in 2011 see the subsequent bald-faced attempts by the Liberal-loving media to act as apologist-white-washers for the guilty Liberal liars:

  ...When C.diff reared its ugly head
                        Jim Bradley and his Standard asslickers turned and fled
                                            Brave, brave Liberal propagandists...

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