“The government is literally abandoning healthcare professionals who are currently crumbling under mandatory overtime,” denounces the Interprofessional Health Federation.
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The Interprofessional Health Federation urges the government to find ways to lighten the workload of overworked nurses.
The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), which represents nurses and other healthcare professionals, criticizes the Legault government for not having kept its word to tighten the rules regarding the use of private employment agencies. And, according to the union organization, it is the nurses in the health establishments who pay the price.
The FIQ affirms Thursday that the ministerial decree which was to impose new billing parameters on private placement agencies was modified following pressure from these agencies. Agencies would have threatened to no longer make staff available if the criteria were too strict. unfavorable shifts, compulsory overtime and an excessively high nurse-patient ratio, denounces the FIQ.
We are witnessing the realization of the disastrous summer that we anticipated in the health network. From the beginning of May, in collaboration with other unions in the health sector, we called on the government to agree with us on non-binding measures that would make it possible to recognize the contribution network personnel and to spend the summer without losing their skin, launched the president of the FIQ, Julie Bouchard.
Not only did he turn a deaf ear to our demands, but he literally abandoned the healthcare professionals who are currently crumbling under compulsory overtime and an excessive workload, added the union leader.
The union organization argues that it is false to assert that the situation this summer is only due to staff vacations and health care workers who are infected with COVID-19 .
She asks the government to find ways to lighten the work of overworked nurses in the network, so that they can keep their heads above water and to retain them rather than making life easier for the staff of private agencies .
Also, nurses, like other healthcare workers, lost their COVID bonuses in mid-May.
Reacting to the FIQ's remarks, the office of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, indicated that it had already presented a plan to mitigate the repercussions of the holidays, coupled with the cases of COVID among the staff.
There are still thousands of absences in the network, due in particular to COVID. We have taken the lead in informing the population and preparing the network. Christian Dubé presented a plan to mitigate service failures, while our workers have to take their vacations. He also assured that in each of these regions, service corridors will be put in place.
The firm also argued that the network is in a period transition.
With the changes we are proposing, we will make the network much more solid and efficient in the years to come, by modifying the contribution of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists, the firm added.