Election demands from the health sector | Elections Quebec 2022

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Electoral demands of the health sector | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

The report by Coralie Laplante

Crowded emergency rooms, lack of family doctors and shortage of caregivers: the issues within the health network are increasing in Quebec. The players in the community are making their demands to the next government.

Dr. Julie Côté-Leclerc, emergency physician and member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Association of Emergency Physicians, works in the emergency room of the Trois-Rivières Regional University Affiliated Hospital Center (CHAR). She worries that almost half of the ER stretchers are occupied by patients hospitalized in other units.

“These people have no room to go upstairs, because the floors are full too. So the emergency is the bottleneck of the health system, and then we end up with an overflow of stretchers in the emergency. »

— Julie Côté-Leclerc, emergency physician and board member of the Quebec Association of Emergency Physicians

She wants the different parties to look at intra-hospital congestion. Is it to open care units elsewhere for patients with new alternative care? Is it to open more beds on the floors? Is it to have more staff? It is certain that we must find a solution to relieve congestion so that we can give better care to our patients, continues Dr. Côté-Leclerc.

Home care are part of the solution, believes family physician and emergency physician Frédéric Picotte. According to him, the next government will have to improve them to unclog emergencies, while strengthening front-line capacity.

If you are an orphan patient and then you call the [Guichet d' access à la première ligne], we will assess your need, then we will send you to the right person who will solve your problem, not necessarily to a doctor. But currently, if you have a family doctor, you make an appointment with your family doctor and there is no assessment. What we would like is for there to be an assessment that is done for all needs, to prevent a doctor from seeing you and saying "ah ! it's the nurse who will be able to manage your wound,'' he stresses.

In addition to physical health, the doctor hopes that the next government will ensure access to a psychologist for all citizens, whether they have private insurance or not.

There is a two-tier system in mental health. If you have private insurance, you are often entitled to better treatment, i.e., a psychologist. […] Medication is second line, [but] what helps a lot is psychological support, adds Dr Picotte.

Overworked, health professionals must also deal with the lack of personnel.

“We must overcome a growing shortage of day by day. All leaves are currently denied in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec”

— Patricia Maillot, interim president of the Union of Care Professionals of Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec

According to her, it is imperative to improve the working conditions of workers .

Difficult access to care is accompanied by an increasing number of patient complaints. The pressure experienced by health professionals does nothing to help this situation, suggests Janik Ouimet, director of the Complaints Assistance and Support Center in Mauricie Centre-du-Québec.

People find that professionals don't take enough time to explain things to them. There are even surgeries that people would not have done if they had known certain things. There are also a lot of complaints about the attitude of the staff. We know that the staff is exhausted , she lists.

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Election demands from the health sector | Elections Quebec 2022

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Electoral demands of the health sector | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

The report by Coralie Laplante

Crowded emergency rooms, lack of family doctors and shortage of caregivers: the issues within the health network are increasing in Quebec. The players in the community are making their demands to the next government.

Dr. Julie Côté-Leclerc, emergency physician and member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Association of Emergency Physicians, works in the emergency room of the Trois-Rivières Regional University Affiliated Hospital Center (CHAR). She worries that almost half of the ER stretchers are occupied by patients hospitalized in other units.

“These people have no room to go upstairs, because the floors are full too. So the emergency is the bottleneck of the health system, and then we end up with an overflow of stretchers in the emergency. »

— Julie Côté-Leclerc, emergency physician and board member of the Quebec Association of Emergency Physicians

She wants the different parties to look at intra-hospital congestion. Is it to open care units elsewhere for patients with new alternative care? Is it to open more beds on the floors? Is it to have more staff? It is certain that we must find a solution to relieve congestion so that we can give better care to our patients, continues Dr. Côté-Leclerc.

Home care are part of the solution, believes family physician and emergency physician Frédéric Picotte. According to him, the next government will have to improve them to unclog emergencies, while strengthening front-line capacity.

If you are an orphan patient and then you call the [Guichet d' access à la première ligne], we will assess your need, then we will send you to the right person who will solve your problem, not necessarily to a doctor. But currently, if you have a family doctor, you make an appointment with your family doctor and there is no assessment. What we would like is for there to be an assessment that is done for all needs, to prevent a doctor from seeing you and saying "ah ! it's the nurse who will be able to manage your wound,'' he stresses.

In addition to physical health, the doctor hopes that the next government will ensure access to a psychologist for all citizens, whether they have private insurance or not.

There is a two-tier system in mental health. If you have private insurance, you are often entitled to better treatment, i.e., a psychologist. […] Medication is second line, [but] what helps a lot is psychological support, adds Dr Picotte.

Overworked, health professionals must also deal with the lack of personnel.

“We must overcome a growing shortage of day by day. All leaves are currently denied in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec”

— Patricia Maillot, interim president of the Union of Care Professionals of Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec

According to her, it is imperative to improve the working conditions of workers .

Difficult access to care is accompanied by an increasing number of patient complaints. The pressure experienced by health professionals does nothing to help this situation, suggests Janik Ouimet, director of the Complaints Assistance and Support Center in Mauricie Centre-du-Québec.

People find that professionals don't take enough time to explain things to them. There are even surgeries that people would not have done if they had known certain things. There are also a lot of complaints about the attitude of the staff. We know that the staff is exhausted , she lists.

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