Closure and reduction of health services in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Faced with an unprecedented staff shortage, the CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue is temporarily suspending and reducing many services on its territory. Some of these measures will remain in effect for “more than four months”, according to the president and CEO of the establishment Caroline Roy.

The contingency plan of the CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, presented at a press briefing on Friday morning, is strong. A variety of measures are planned. They will be implemented over the next few days and weeks.

The staff shortage continues to worsen in the region. “We are now at 240 nurses [supplémentaires] that would be required within the organization to provide full service, says Caroline Roy. It is a figure which evolves, which grows from month to month. “

At La Sarre Hospital, the number of intensive care beds and short-term hospitalizations will be halved. In mental health, five beds will remain open rather than eight – the measure is already in effect. Ambulatory services, for their part, will be kept “at a minimum”.

In Senneterre, emergency services will continue to be partially closed. They will be accessible between eight and twelve hours a day, it is specified.

In several MRCs, nurses working in specialized outpatient clinics and family medicine groups (GMF) will be reduced in number. Less home care will also be provided. Retired nurses will take blood samples in rural areas.

Rooms will also be closed in some operating theaters in the region. ” TO [l’Hôpital de] Rouyn-Noranda, there, the capacity is smaller, says Caroline Roy. We are going to be in an operating room that allows us to do all the urgent and semi-urgent surgeries, to have an on-call service that guarantees the safety of the population, to do some elective surgeries, but not as much as 100% production. would have allowed it. [L’Hôpital de] Val d’Or will operate at 70-75% of its capacity. At the Amos Hospital, two or three rooms will be open out of the four existing ones.

Despite everything, the CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue says it is “positioning itself relatively well in Quebec” regarding the resumption of surgeries in the context of a pandemic. “Currently, we are at 87% of surgical production on average in recent months,” says Caroline Roy.

The President and CEO of the CISSS says she is unable for the moment to provide the date of resumption of all these activities. However, it ensures that as soon as additional labor becomes available, contingency measures will be lifted.

Further details will follow.

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