Dr. York Hsiang spoke of the situation of his mother in an assisted-living home in British Columbia. His own life, as a medical professional, was adversely affected by the mandates. His mother was admitted to a nursing home in late 2019. In the early stages of the crisis in 2020, there were restrictions on the number of visitors—he was the sole visitor that was designated. Entry was through a back door, where visitors were screened, and were then admitted for a short period of time. Clients at the home were then confined to their rooms. In 2021, with the “vaccine” rollout, his mother was injected. Visitors could return, with an appointment—and had to be “vaccinated”. He acquired natural immunity, and that was not allowed as a substitute. His mother’s condition worsened. He has only seen her three times, and each time was associated with an overdose of sedation—he was allowed only a brief visit, under supervision. Once she had improved, he was once again denied the right to see her. As a result of confinement and isolation, he feels that her dementia has worsened. He argues that the mandates have been overdone. The vax mandate for visitors in British Columbia remains in place, despite its being lifted everywhere else. He is thus unable to monitor the medications being given to his mother.
In response to questions from the panel, he agreed that the nursing homes continued to care for their clients in the best way they knew how. He does not disagree with “vaccinating” the very elderly, who are most at risk from Covid. Nobody at the long-term care facility was prepared to discuss his situation with him—they are following policy guidelines set by the Ministry of Health of BC. They are not in a position to evaluate or question those policies. Again, an absence of any dialogue prevailed in this situation, as it did with students in the previous panel. There is thus no accountability or explanation of the policies. Hsiang argued the need for a separate, independent body to assess these policies. “The police cannot police themselves,” he said. If he had been in charge of that nursing home, what he would have done differently would have been to still limit the amount of visitors, but not to confine the clients to their rooms alone; he would have also examined alternative treatments.