Opposition grows impatient over nursing shortage

While the opposition to the National Assembly is impatient with the situation of nurses, the government admits to having been surprised by the number of departures of professionals in recent months.

“The minister should have warned. Why does he bury his head in the sand, hoping it will eventually pass? “, Launched the solidarity deputy Vincent Marissal during the question period.

The Minister of Health Christian Dubé should have acted “since the beginning of the summer” on the working conditions of nurses and put the ratio projects forward, argued Liberal opposition leader Dominique Anglade.

On Tuesday, Minister Dubé revealed that the lack of nurses would force the closure of emergency services in Abitibi. There as elsewhere, the network lacks nurses and recruitment is slow.

Wednesday morning the prime minister Francois Legault admitted having been overwhelmed by the number of nurses leaving. “We have realized, in recent months, that a lot of staff were tired, and then for all kinds of reasons left the network. “

However, the oppositions are difficult to explain that we can be surprised by the extent of the problem. “The only one who seems surprised is the government,” said the parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois, Joël Arseneau, on this subject.

A plan for “the next few days”

Last week, Minister Dubé promised to soon present a “robust” plan to recruit the 4,000 professionals he considers necessary to allow the public network to function normally.

However, the plan is not yet ready, acknowledged the Prime Minister on Wednesday. “We have been working day and night, for weeks, to put in place all kinds of incentives that we will be announcing over the next few days to convince nurses to come back to work,” he said.

“It’s hard to find solutions to the shortage of nurses. So, we’re really, right now, looking at everything. We exclude absolutely nothing. “

In particular, the government plans to offer entry bonuses and the possibility for retired nurses to receive both their pension and a salary.

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