LETTERS: Locking away seniors is cruel and unusual punishment


Well, Dr. Bonnie has given yet another in her unending litany of bad news and reasons why it’s necessary to lock away our seniors.

When it comes to visiting elder family in care homes, is she forgetting that this, in some cases, is the last opportunity to see them? I consider this to be cruel and unusual punishment.

If this is her only alternative to seeing, or rather not seeing those in care I respectfully suggest that perhaps her relatives are not in full care or assisted living. I can’t imagine anyone treating family with such disregard.

If that is the case, I respectfully suggest that Dr. Bonnie is not qualified to make such a decision regarding ours. She should be replaced and if the premier is in agreement with her policies, he should be replaced as well.

Frontline workers in most cases received a degree or specialized training in order to perform the services that they do. I do not see any signs of mass graves or funeral services working overtime to take care of the mass extinction of health care workers.

As a matter of fact, they showed up regularly to accept accolades from those banging pots and pans, and the fire department and RCMP sounding their sirens in recognition of their service.

I don’t believe at any time there was a call to touch the right hand of God to protect them from harm when they graduated and got their various degrees.

Surely they can teach us, the great unwashed, to be as safe as they are in the workplaces as we visit loved ones.

Masks – of course; hazmat suits – if you say so; diving bell – if necessary.

We can deposit man-made garbage on Mars, surely we can work together.

Barry Gaudin, White Rock

Editor’s note: On June 30, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that restrictions around visits to assisted-living and long-term care facilities in B.C. will begin to be lifted within a week to 10 days.

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