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Waringo report

Corinne Cahen survives care home deaths censure vote



The 31 majority MPs rejected a motion of censure from the opposition demanding the resignation of the family minister, Corinne Cahen, following a report on covid deaths in care homes. Library picture: SIP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

The 31 majority MPs rejected a motion of censure from the opposition demanding the resignation of the family minister, Corinne Cahen, following a report on covid deaths in care homes. Library picture: SIP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

On Tuesday, following the government's statement on the Waringo report on covid clusters in nursing homes, CSV MP Michel Wolter tabled a motion calling for the resignation of Corinne Cahen, minister for family affairs. It was rejected by the majority.

The Waringo report on the management of the health crisis in nursing homes was presented on Monday and was the subject of a government statement in the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday. This was followed by sometimes very lively exchanges, which lasted more than 4 hours.

No major faults highlighted

The report did not highlight any serious faults on the part of the government. The 345 nursing home deaths related to the health crisis were not the direct result of any failings or shortcomings on the part of the family affairs ministry, although the report does make recommendations for improvement, particularly in the area of communication.

However, as in April of this year, the opposition fired a shot across the bows of the minister for family affairs, Corinne CahenCorinne Cahen (DP). All CSV, ADR, dei Lenk and Pirates MPs called for the resignation of the minister following the tabling of a motion to this effect by Michel WolterMichel Wolter (CSV). This motion was rejected by the 31 members of the majority.

At a press conference following the plenary session, held with the health minister Paulette Lenert Paulette Lenert (LSAP), Cahen maintained the course she has followed since the beginning of the health crisis: the measures taken were judicious, "the work was well done even if some things could have been done better". The minister found regrettable the opposition's "purely political manoeuvring against her".

The Waringo report also raised the issue of compulsory vaccination of health workers, seeing it as indispensable. Lenert confirmed that she was not in favour of initiating such a measure.