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French families are suing over a viral death in a nursing home

Paris (AP) – A Paris court on Wednesday is holding a hearing to hold French health authorities and companies accountable after thousands of viruses died in nursing homes, families were shut down and they were left in the dark. happening to their isolated loved ones.

Hearing is probably the first step in a years-long legal marathon. Families hope it will shed light on what happened last year, as the virus wiped out France’s oldest generation, depriving their children and grandchildren of the opportunity to help or even say goodbye.

“We want to make sure that mistakes are not repeated so that someone is held accountable,” said plaintiff Sabrina Deliri, who has mobilized families around France since her mother’s Paris nursing home was first blocked a year ago.

The hearing on Wednesday provides for a special measure to require access to documents or other materials in nursing homes. This is one of the many legal efforts to manage the epidemic in the French justice system. Others include murder charges or targeting high-ranking government ministers, but this can be one of the broadest cases.

It targets several nursing homes, the DGS of the National Health Agency, and the management of the Paris Public Hospital, among others. Plaintiffs include family members of nursing home residents, doctors: associations.

Their complaint addresses a number of issues in France’s nursing homes in the first half of 2020. These shortcomings included the lack of masks for residents and staff. testing shortcomings; Some residents use a powerful sedative called Rivotril when their homes are closed. և opaque decisions about which residents have been hospitalized for the virus և who have suffered or died in their nursing homes.

The National Institutes of Health, a Paris hospital body, two of the so-called nursing homes did not respond to requests for comment before the hearing.

After France registered Europe’s first viral infections և deaths a year ago, French officials closed nursing homes to outsiders, keeping residents indoors. The government said it had to act quickly to protect the country’s most vulnerable population. But many families say that the blockade deprived them of the ability to make decisions for their loved ones, that in some cases, forced isolation exacerbated other cognitive and health problems.

Ignoring these concerns, President Emanuel Macron first eased some of the rules of nursing homes when France’s first blockade was eased. But for many, the damage was already done. And in the summer, fall, and winter, new waves of infections sent many nursing homes back to temporary, recurring outages.

Official figures show that nearly 25,000 people have died from the virus in French nursing homes, with more than 87,000 dead across the country. The death toll continues to rise by the hundreds every day. But thousands of other residents of French nursing homes who have been infected with COVID-19 have died after being hospitalized, and studies show that they make up half of all people in France with the common virus. It is one of the highest proportions in the world.

French officials say the lack of masks at the beginning of the epidemic is beyond their control, a global problem, and that masks have been mandatory and widely available since last summer. Urs’s managers have defended their decision to block visitors, given the vulnerability of their residents.

Dr. Alain Musklet, head of the AR2S group involved in the lawsuit, said that the lawsuit “will allow us to identify the forgotten, the shortcomings, the failures.”

The goal, according to him, should be to ensure. “Never again!”

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