Quebec pledges to improve working conditions as part of the nurse hiring bombardment

“There is one thing nurses want, and it is a better work environment.”

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The Quebec government’s plan to hire 4,000 nurses will be announced on Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé said Tuesday.

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Since training new nurses is a process that can take years, Dubé is committed to attracting those who “recently retired or stopped working” due to poor working conditions.

“There is one thing nurses want,” Dubé said, “and it is a better work environment.”

The minister said that “we have listened to the demands of the FIQ (Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec) and other unions. The issue of compulsory overtime, the decrease in the use of external employment agencies and the management of schedules, that is what is on the menu, ”said Dubé.

On Sunday, Dubé announced that “gigantic” legislation would be introduced in November to improve the health care network. The plan will build on lessons learned during the pandemic, where a decentralized management structure “worked very well” during the second wave that swept Quebec, as well as during the vaccination campaign.

On the issue of the Trudeau government’s imposition of national health care standards, Dubé reiterated the government’s position that the administration of health care is a matter of provincial jurisdiction and that “with the necessary funds” Quebec is enough able to manage your network.

“We don’t need more bureaucrats,” Dubé said, echoing Prime Minister François Legault. “We need more nurses.”

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