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The emergency room will remain open evening and night until February 19.
The Canadian Press
The emergency at the hospital Rivière-Rouge, located in the Laurentians, will have to remain open 24 hours a day, ruled the Quebec Court of Appeal, narrowly avoiding the evening and night closure which was to take place from February 1.
Last December, the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) of the Laurentides announced that' ;due to staff shortages, emergency services at Rivière-Rouge hospital would be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting February 1.
The Quebec Court of Appeal announced Thursday that the emergency must remain open at all times until February 19.
In an email, the CISSS des Laurentides indicated that it was making all necessary efforts to comply with this order by calling on the contribution of any trained person who could lend a hand to the team in place and thus allow us to provide safe services during the night.
The CISSS indicated that a call for staff had been made numerous times in recent months, but that this did not make it possible to recruit enough staff to guarantee services to the ;#x27;Rivière-Rouge emergency between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
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This situation is taking place in a context of a critical lack of personnel who can take on this work.
A quote from Le CISSS des Laurentides, in an email
Me Carl-Éric Therrien, lawyer for the plaintiff, indicated that he had received an unfavorable injunction on Monday since he only met three of the four criteria for an injunction. He asked the Court of Appeal for a stay of closure of the file.
The plaintiff managed to demonstrate that there is an urgency to the situation to intervene. She also argued that there is a serious appearance of right, claiming that there are rights that are devolved according to the Act respecting health services and social services.
Mr. Therrien also demonstrated that the case meets the criterion of irreparable harm, i.e. that if an order is granted, irreparable harm could be suffered.
However, the trial judge declared that the CISSS des Laurentides is supposed to act in the public interest, ensuring that the plaintiff did not meet the criterion on the balance of inconvenience of the order . The parties will return to court on February 19 to study this criterion.
Mr. Therrien declared that the decision gave hope to the citizens of Rivière-Rouge, who would have had to travel at least sixty kilometers to get to the nearest emergency room.
In particular, he spoke on the phone with a client suffering from breast cancer who needs to frequently go to the emergency room. She was happy with the news, even if the fighter's path is far from over, mentioned Mr. Therrien on the phone.
In an interview at
Midi info on ICI Premiere, Thursday, Me Therrien specified that several municipalities are affected by this closure, including: Nominingue , La Minerve, L'Ascension, La Macaza, Lac-Saguay and other municipalities in the region. The lawyer argues that the emergency serves some 15,000 people, a number that doubles or even triples, depending on the seasons and tourist numbers.
On Wednesday, the three opposition parties asked the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, to reverse the decision of the CISSS des Laurentides to close the emergency room between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
A petition to keep the emergency ;open emergency launched by the 24h Emergency Committee, having collected more than 8,500 signatures, was submitted by the spokesperson for Québec solidaire in health matters, Vincent Marissal.
Mr. Marissal said he shared the concern of the population of the Rouge Valley, who are on the verge of losing access to an essential service. He denounced, in a press release, the fact of traveling 80 km at night to get to Sainte-Agathe or 60 km to get to Mont-Laurier, saying that there was no point in it. allure.
Mr. Marissal also underlined that these two emergencies are among the busiest in Quebec.