Quebec rejects pilot project to reduce TSO in Maisonneuve-Rosemont

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Quebec rejects pilot project to reduce TSO at Maisonneuve-Rosemont

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital has been grappling with major problems for several years, some of which are related to the organization of the work of nursing staff.

The Quebec government has closed the door to a pilot project to reduce mandatory overtime at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (HMR). The staff union and the employer had nevertheless tried to convince Quebec to grant an additional bonus to attract nurses, auxiliaries and respiratory therapists to the emergency room. In vain.

For the past year, Minister Christian Dubé has visited this hospital in eastern Montreal on several occasions.

This is one of our hospitals, one of our most problematic emergencies, he launched on Wednesday during the show Midi info, on ICI Première.

< p class="e-p">The emergency room is overflowing, the buildings are dilapidated and the use of compulsory overtime (TSO) is one of the highest in Quebec due to the lack of manpower.

However, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada, the union and the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal tried this fall to obtain financial incentives to attract staff to the hospital emergency.

In the proposals, there were four elements including a bonus that we wanted to offer to all CIUSSS care professionals who have already been to the emergency room, who are able to work in an emergency to offer additional availability in order to come helps the current team, explains the president of the Union of Care Professionals of the East-of-the-Island-of-Montreal, Denis Cloutier.

Denis Cloutier, President of the Union of Care Professionals of the East-of-the-Island-of-Montreal

We also proposed a working time arrangement that takes into account the heaviness of the task to attract people […] but the proposals have all been refused, with some exceptions, by the authorities of the network, laments Mr. Cloutier.

C' It was following a visit by Minister Dubé to HMR last August that the idea of ​​a pilot project was presented.

For Christian Dubé, the preferred solution for reducing compulsory overtime remains local management of schedules.

An approach that aims to involve staff in planning overtime so that it does not is optional, if possible.

Why did managers, unions and employees in 29 facilities in Quebec agree to manage local schedules and remove the TSO? Why are they unable to do this in Maisonneuve-Rosemont? questioned Minister Dubé on the airwaves of Radio-Canada.

The latter recalls the invitation issued by the President of the Treasury Board in the context of negotiations in the public sector , in order to organize a forum on the issue.

The OSI rate is approaching 6% in the HMR emergency room and some nurses work up to four shifts of this type per week.

“We don't need a forum to know that this practice must stop […] it's about TSO , forced labor, we are in Quebec in 2022.”

— Denis Cloutier, from the Union of Care Professionals of the East-of-the-Island-of-Montreal

< p class="e-p">In Mr. Cloutier's opinion, the workforce must be balanced in the various places in Quebec where the shortage is the greatest, and where the shortage is the greatest, that is where the conditions are the worst because of the TSO.

Radio-Canada revealed this week that the cocktail of viruses circulating among the population and the overflows in hospitals convinced the ministry of Health to extend the hiring of temporary workers, as well as several existing financial incentives, beyond December 31.

In the absence of sufficient personnel, the President of the Union of Care Professionals of the East-of-the-Island of Montreal proposes another solution.

If we no longer have enough world to leave the Maisonneuve-Rosemont emergency room open, although it is temporarily closed at that time, he says.

At the CISSS Laurentides, we have been asking for pop tuesday ulation with a health problem that is not critical to avoid going to the emergency rooms of the hospitals of Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache due to high traffic and occupancy rates of stretchers.

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