‘Summer is going to be very difficult’ for healthcare workers

Health care workers fear a very difficult summer season in hospitals across the province.

The occupancy rate in emergencies “explodes in almost all emergencies in Quebec” and hospitalizations are also “very present”, according to Julie Bouchard, president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ).

“So we are once again witnessing an overload of work with always a rate of absence, in the network, all the same quite significant and with a shortage of healthcare professionals, but also of all other workers in the health network. “, argues Ms. Bouchard in an interview with LCN.

The president of the FIQ also denounces the fact that compulsory overtime (TSO) has become “a management method” that management often uses.

“I confirm that the summer is going to be very difficult and the TSO is part of the management. So when we see that someone is missing, we have a TSO done and these are not the working conditions that will help to attract and retain in the network, ”says she.

Eight union leaders from the community therefore gathered on Monday morning to demand that the Legault government intervene before the workers leave the community.

“We, what we are currently asking the government, the Minister of Health, is to have inter-union work tables, among other things, to be able to name the real problems, but also to agree together on solutions that will help us get through the summer, but which will also help us get to the next negotiations which will begin in early 2023,” says Ms. Bouchard.


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