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Thousands of residents demonstrated against the closure of the emergency room of their city's hospital night. (Archive photo)
The Canadian Press
The City of Rivière-Rouge in the Laurentians has expressed its disagreement with the evening closure of its hospital emergency room. She announced Wednesday evening that she was turning to the Superior Court of Quebec in order to prevent this closure.
Due to staff shortages, the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) of the Laurentides recently announced that the emergency services of the emergency department ;Rivière-Rouge hospital will now be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting February 1.
One week before the implementation of this decision, the City of Rivière-Rouge, accompanied by other parties, indicated in a press release that it was addressing the Superior Court of Quebec to prevent this.
Earlier this month, many Riverouge residents demonstrated in the streets against the closure emergencies in the evening and at night, but the CISSS seems to maintain its decision.
Although residents will have to travel a sixty kilometers to get to neighboring hospitals, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, as well as the Member of Parliament for Labelle, Chantale Jeannotte, affirmed in a press release sent on January 12 that everything is deployed to ensure that patients receive the care and services they need, in complete safety.
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They also added that under no circumstances a complete closure of the emergency was not envisaged.
Despite the reduced hours emergencies, a doctor will remain present at night to treat patients admitted during the day who need care during the night, supported the office of the Ministry of Health. This doctor will be able to stabilize people in critical condition before they are transferred by ambulance to nearby hospitals.
Ambulance services have been improved to ensure rapid transfer to Mont-Laurier or Sainte-Agathe hospitals.