Not that I want to defend management failure and unnecessary death, but that was an outcome determined by a corrupt system
On Friday, former leaders of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts were charged with criminal abuse and neglect, over the coronavirus-related deaths of 76 people ("Two Charged in Coronavirus Outbreak at Veterans’ Home That Left 76 Dead," New York Times).
But the fact that the Superintendent: (1) was a political appointee, (2) unqualified, (3) made bad decisions (4) especially in times of extreme circumstances, (5) amid inadequate resources, especially staff, contributed to and produced the "failures."
From the Boston Globe story "At Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, moral accountability lingers for Charlie Baker":
It’s the story of how easily we forget about old people, especially those who live 90 miles away in Western Massachusetts. It’s the story of how politicians pay tribute to veterans on holidays but somehow never make those vets a year-round priority.
It’s also the story of how political connections pave the way for employment, even for the difficult and specialized job of running a facility that promises veterans “care with honor and dignity.” According to the report prepared by former federal prosecutor Mark W. Pearlstein, Walsh, a decorated Marine Corps veteran with no experience in health care or long-term care, was encouraged by a state lawmaker to apply for the superintendent’s job.
... During the June 24 press conference, Baker also said, “The first time I ever met him [Walsh], or talked to him was when we swore him in.” But according to Walsh’s attorney, William Bennett, on April 27, 2016, Walsh was interviewed, separately, for 20 to 30 minutes each, by Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and then-Baker chief of staff Steve Kadish.
Nursing homes in general are under-funded, staff are poorly paid, there aren't enough staff, etc.
This is likely doubly true of "veterans" nursing homes run by states.
The "system" produced the conditions that led to these deaths.
But there aren't criminal charges in store for the people who created those conditions.
======Four years ago, in the run up to the local elections, I was talking with my neighbor about voting and she said that she made her choice on whether or not the person was qualified to be mayor. I said why, "they're running for council."
- Breaking monopolies by increasing competition in activities and service delivery
- Decreasing discretion in decision making by establishing and enforcing clear rules and procedures
- Strengthening accountability and transparency mechanisms of activities/service delivery by effective management of information and data
- Increasing the probability of being caught and punished by establishing effective control mechanisms
- Decreasing the relative value of the gain versus the loss, by creating incentives and motivation for honest performance and behaviour.