Absenteeism in health : difficult situation in the eastern Townships

News 11 July, 2017

    Shanny Hallé

    Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 19:26

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    SHERBROOKE | The number of sick leave in the health network has exploded in recent years. In the eastern Townships, the rate of absenteeism of all staff confused rises 7.60 %, which is higher than the provincial average of 7.38 %.

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    A nurse since 10 years, a Sherbrooke, interviewed by TVA Nouvelles, and who preferred to remain anonymous, has had to stop work for a year due to a burnout.

    “It is overworked ! There is a need for nurses, nursing assistants, attendants. Of all, in the background. It seems that they undertake to the dropper. (…) I know what time I’ll return, but I don’t know what time I’m going to get out of the CHUS,” says the nurse.

    The chronic lack of staff, work overload, mandatory overtime : the working conditions have greatly contributed to the depletion of many health professionals.

    “It is always excessive workload, and it seems like there are never enough employees,” says a health professional.

    “The overload psychological is there, it accumulates. And this is very unfortunate, because you end up with people who fall off work for several months,” says for its part, Sophie Séguin, the Union of professional care in the eastern Townships.

    The authorities ensure that measures are put in place to restore the situation.

    “We are very aware, very concerned, and it is sure that we have put in place already in equities since,” says Sasha Cardinal, CIUSSS of the eastern Townships-CHUS.

    This year, the salary insurance has cost $ 30 million to the CIUSSS. It is $ 3 million more than last year.