Emergencies: advocacy to expand the crisis unit to all of Quebec

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Emergencies: plea to expand the crisis unit to all of Quebec

As in other hospitals, emergency care staff at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis are under pressure at the moment.

Voices are being raised to expand the government's crisis unit to the entire province to unclog emergency rooms. Announced last week by Christian Dubé, the cell currently brings together the Ministry of Health and emergency CEOs in Montreal.

For example, the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, in Chaudière-Appalaches, had an occupancy rate of 130% on Sunday.< /p>

It is underestimated, the situation in all the regions of Quebec, drops the spokesperson for the health of the Parti Québécois, Joël Arseneau. The crisis in Montreal is extreme, but elsewhere too we are suffering the repercussions of the shortage of manpower, the lack of beds and the disorganization of the system. This is the case in the Capitale-Nationale, in particular.

It also asks the government to add actors in the field, such as nursing staff, in this cell of crisis. This is another flaw of the cell: we don't involve people who live the reality on the ground.

“It's just the managers who have been grappling with this situation since this year and who obviously do not have the solutions because they are far from the reality experienced on the ground . »

— Joël Arseneau, Health Spokesperson, Parti Québécois

Joël Arseneau at a press briefing

In this regard, the Ministry of Health would like to point out that it there are several people who experience the reality on the ground in the crisis unit.

He adds: We are talking in particular about emergency physicians and nurses who work in our emergency rooms today. It is important for Minister Christian Dubé that the people in the field are in the cell so that we can all find the best solutions together.

By email, Minister Dubé's office responds that the situation in Montreal requires great resources. However, these could be extended to the whole province.

“Currently, it is in Greater Montreal that the situation is most critical, so that is where we are focusing. On the other hand, once we have found solutions, we obviously want them to be applicable in all regions. »

— Antoine de la Durantaye, Office of the Minister of Health

The principle is the same everywhere: we must reduce the volume that enters our emergencies, while increasing capacity by recruiting more staff, adds the cabinet.

First press conference since the elections for the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé (center), the Minister responsible for Social Services, Lionel Carmant (on the left), as well as Sonia Belanger, Minister for Health and Seniors (on the right)

The solutions are however known in the region, and the problems too, deplores Dr. Marie-Claire Baby, doctor at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis. The situation is not rosy either in Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches. It is stable insofar as the emergency room has been overflowing for months, the nurses remain on OSI, and we have difficulty treating our patients.

According to her, the number of emergency beds at her hospital has increased only slightly over the past 20 years. She criticizes short-sighted management by successive governments. Fifteen years ago, we should have gone into seduction mode to recruit nurses and orderlies. Now, we paint it so dark that it will be difficult to interest people.

The government also has a communication job to do regarding the use of emergencies , who are too often seen as the only contact with healthcare workers. You have to educate people [about whether or not they should] go to the emergency room and [show them how to] deal with common health problems. If you have a cold, you do not have to go to the emergency room, she illustrates.

The office of Minister of Health Christian Dubé had yet to respond to our interview requests at the time of this writing.

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