The Liberal Party wants to bank on health decentralization | Elections Quebec 2022
The three Liberal Party candidates in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Guy Bourgeois, Jean-Maurice Matte and Arnaud Warolin
The three candidates of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) in Abitibi-Témiscamingue have pledged to give more decision-making power to regional health establishments if the party forms government on October 3.
The PLQ wishes above all to tackle the issue of triage. Jean-Maurice Matte, candidate in the riding of Abitibi-Est, says he wants to allow hospitals in the region to distribute less urgent patients to outlying establishments using a shuttle service.
“We are fortunate to be well deployed throughout the territory, let's take advantage of this to improve the efficiency of triage. That requires local management; management by establishment, or by MRC. »
Right now we are transporting blood samples between hospitals, we should be able to transport some patients. Less urgent cases would benefit from better triage to establishments where doctors would offer services by appointment, he specifies.
Recall that according to a study by the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS), 72.8% of emergency room visits in Abitibi-Témiscamingue have a low degree of urgency (priorities 4 and 5), compared to 53% for all of Quebec .
Jean-Maurice Matte (archives)
According to Mr. Matte, the proposed measure would also make the region more attractive to health professionals and newcomers.
< p class="e-p">Once we have demonstrated our effectiveness, it will be even more tempting for doctors, nurses or the general population to come or stay in the regions, he believes.
The Liberal candidates also want to decrease investments in the independent health workforce; too expensive, according to them.
Guy Bourgeois, candidate in the riding of Abitibi-Ouest, considers that this sum could instead be used to improve the working conditions of workers in the sector. public.
“We meet with agencies who, unfortunately, end up with more interesting periods, and at a very high cost. That money should be invested to improve the conditions of permanent workers in the region.
— Guy Bourgeois
According to the three Liberal candidates, Abitibi-Témiscamingue should benefit from a special status, both in health and in terms of economic development. This would allow better implementation of the measures proposed by the party, say the three men.
We what we want is is that there are managers in the field and that they are able to read the situation, adapt to the context, better manage their staff and above all retain them. At the moment, we have teams that are left to their own devices. We need more humane and better adapted management, explains Arnaud Warolin, candidate in Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue.
If it is brought to power on October 3, the PLQ is also committed to gradually abolishing shift schedules for paramedics, in favor of hourly schedules.
The Liberals also want to add 4,000 beds in hospitals of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. To achieve this, the party would focus on the attractiveness of health jobs, in particular by adopting a law on staff-patient ratios.