Saturday, April 29, 2006

Bush Unprepared to Share What Feds Learned re: Hospital and Nursing Home Patients

Dear President Bush,

As the 2006 hurricane season looms government officials are working to implement the myriad of suggestions, improvements, and proposals to improve disaster preparedness. Three groups issued reports on your Katrina response, the House, the Senate and your White House internal investigation. I have yet to see in any of them specific recommendations on the pre and post storm evacuation of hospital and nursing home patients.

You have a June 1 deadline for completing evacuation plans and Sec. Cheroff has said this will be accomplished. Your words on the topic are noteworthy:

"The lessons of Katrina are important," Bush said. "We've learned a lot here at the federal level. We're much more ready this time than we were the last time." "Let's, first of all, pray there's no hurricanes," Bush said. "That would be, like, step one."

While prayer is important, the Designer did create a planet that spawns hurricanes. As for the lessons of Katrina, I have seen no evidence of any learnings regarding hospital and nursing home patients. If you can’t even identify who was responsible and how they performed in Katrina, how can you improve the non-system for the coming season? Write me back and let me know.

P.S. Can you include an explanation why the Carlyle Affiliate, Lifecare’s 24 patient deaths were omitted from the Lessons Learned report? I haven’t received an explanation from any of the groups I contacted, not the Department of Homeland Security, the White House, the FBI, or the Justice Department.

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