Emergencies: “I'm not here to put out fires,” says Minister Dubé
The Minister of Health of Quebec believes that the measures developed by the emergency crisis unit will be sufficient. However, an intervention may be necessary at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.
Minister Christian Dubé believes that the proposed measures should be implemented rather than new ones.
< p class="e-p">Back at the National Assembly, the Minister of Health hears about things other than the emergency room crisis in Quebec over the next few weeks.
Yes it's the funput out fires and deal with emergencies, but I'm not here for that, launched Christian Dubé during his first press scrum of the year.
I am here to have structuring effects that will change things […] and in the coming weeks, we will get out of the urgent to work on the important, he said.
< p class="e-p">It is true that, since last fall, overflows in the emergency room have been so frequent that a crisis unit has been set up by the minister in the hope of obtaining results as soon as possible.
The increased use of the Info-Santé 811 line, the setting up of specialized nurse practitioner clinics and the increase in the number of accommodation places are certain measures that have been deployed.
For now, stretcher occupancy rates remain on average above 125%. More than a fifth of emergencies exceed 150%.
Not to mention the average length of stay, which still fluctuates between 18 and 20 hours on a stretcher and over 5 hours in the waiting room.
The Minister is delighted with the reduction from 13% to 11% of the occupancy rate of hospital beds by users no longer requiring hospital care.
< p>“It is no longer so much new measures that we need, but to implement those that have been proposed to us. »
— Christian Dubé, Minister of Health of Quebec
To this day, the use of compulsory overtime remains essential at the emergency department of Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, one of the largest in Quebec.
Sources confirm that more than 400 mandatory overtime hours were worked there last weekend and the vast majority of nurses were in demand. A situation never seen in the eyes of a doctor who has worked in the emergency room for several years.
Questioned about this hospital in eastern Montreal, Minister Dubé replied that the institution is among those that have the most difficulty implementing measures. He says he questioned the CEO of the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, Jean-François Fortin Verreault, on this subject.
Why there are about thirty hospitals that have succeeded in implementing local management of schedules? I asked Mr. Fortin [for explanations], I will ask the unions, added the minister.
Several sources indicate that the recurring setbacks in the emergency department #x27;hospital are generating significant tensions with management, but also between certain staff members, exhausted by years of overwork.
Radio-Canada recently revealed that the Quebec government has closed the door to a pilot project aimed at reducing compulsory overtime in Maisonneuve-Rosemont.