Monday night was a rarity for this council. It did the right thing and rejected the recommdation from City Staff to give an Ottawa firm the pharmacy contract to Glen Stor Dun Lodge, or long term care facility.
Previously it had been with local long time pharmacy Medical Arts before being switched over under the cloud that was former Lodge manager Donna Derouchie and CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.
Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, who may have learned what Conflict of Interest actually means at the municipal level, recused himself after our story Monday pointed out that his daughter works at Medical Arts along with over 50 other souls.
There was an odd bunch of hooey spouted, mostly by Maureen Adams who perhaps instead of replacing Norm Levac as CAO should herself follow suit and retire? That’s the kindest way to phrase what some are thinking about her performance last night that included some scare mongering of council as it appeared a fear tactic was being employed to gain support for a clearly flawed result and perhaps even process.
No doctors or pharmacists were used in the making up of the RFP documents or the team making the recommendation. Ms Adams explained that a site tour played a key role wouldn’t who was on that very tour play an important role? I mean if it was someone like Andre Rivette with very limited education and in particular medical training how much should his thoughts of a site tour impact a decision?
I spoke with a few lawyers today and while they all gave the standard boil plate about having to see the actual RFP documents it was clear that generally there is in fact no legal liability if council rejects a recommendation. None. If there was language of that nature in this RFP someone really screwed up at City Hall.
Likewise, the process does not have to start again. Perhaps a Sub Committee of Council should review all scores from this exercise?
From our initial research we can’t see a remote pharmacy working with a local provider that clearly is not equally equipped as Medical Arts gaining an edge in any of these sections.
There was some chatter about training, but Medical Arts does extensive training and education sessions in the community keeping the Ramada Inn quite busy.
From the MA website:
For more than 50 years, Medical Arts has been a leader in providing comprehensive pharmaceutical services to long-term care facilities, assisted living and group and domiciliary homes.
We believe that providing the best in pharmaceutical care requires leadership, partnership and dedication to the relationship.
- Dedicated service 24/7/365
- Ensure the residence is in compliance with Accreditation Canada and/or MOHLTC
- Communicate effectively in English and French
- Provide assistance during periods of facility transition or change
- Collect and share all pertinent drug utilization information for each resident
- Participate in rounds and conduct both on and off-site inservice programs, and staff orientation
- Present the Annual Clinical Services Report and Continuous Quality Improvement Assessment(satisfaction survey)
- Supply and maintain all pertinent equipment and supplies
- Certified Geriatric Pharmacists
- Seamlessly bilingual
- Established since 1956
- Technologically advanced (barcodes at bedside)
- Certified compounding laboratory
- Only local supplier of ostomy supplies, Insulin pump supplies, IV and parenteral nutrition preparation
- LTC is the major focus