Public opinion on Governor Andrew Cuomo is at an all-time low – he is currently awash in two unrelated scandals. This article, however, is about the issue of nursing homes. Not the spectacle of harassment (which I personally believe he just won’t be able to bear). Yet, while I’m clearly no supporter of the governor, prosecutorial discretion — the valuable practice of prosecutors who often use their discretion to deny cases — suggests that there is no such thing as a “criminal” case. ” worth suing regarding nursing homes.
As an important background, some tabloids claim that, although he applauded himself when the pandemic was at its peak last year, Cuomo actually caused the deaths of many elderly nursing home residents. How? By direction hospitals – in order to make room for COVID-19 patients who needed beds – to send infected patients, as long as they were “medically stable”, to nursing homes which, no one doubts, house medically vulnerable populations. Many believe the decision, even though it is in line with CDC policy (as Cuomo maintains), would invariably endanger the nursing home population. A choice of Sophie – these in danger in exchange for those! No one would want to be faced with the critical decision of keeping asymptomatic patients in hospitals, rather than sending them to nursing homes to make room for those who are symptomatic and perhaps on the verge of dying.
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