Cry of the heart of the Emilia Ricard: Couillard asks the unions to find solutions

News 1 February, 2018
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    Charles Lecavalier

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    The cry of the heart of the Emilia Ricard, the young nurse who works in a CHSLD’s in Estrie, has echoed up to the national Assembly, where Philippe Couillard asked the unions to find solutions.

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    “The positions are available, and the budget is there to do it. If that doesn’t work, that the union offers us other ways to reduce the burden of work”, launched by the prime minister on Wednesday at the entrance to the caucus présessionnel of the liberal Party in the national Assembly.

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    Philippe Couillard

    In a long message posted on his page on Facebook, Ms. Ricard was taken to the reform Bar that has, according to her, dehumanized her profession. It tells the story of not being able to give the necessary care to its patients, a situation that breaks the heart. Exhausted by the extra hours she should do, she says even consider a career change.

    The testimony of Emily Ricard, which became viral in the social media, in addition to the sit-in nurses, for example, to the hospital in the Cité-de-la-Santé de Laval, where there are reports of compulsory overtime.

    Mr. Couillard says he is not a “budget issue” and that the positions are open to hire more nurses. Why do we receive no nominations for these positions? “We will, but there are some who may prefer not to have a formula only to full-time, who want more flexible hours. These are things that you will need to explore”, let it fall, Mr. Couillard.

    He is now asking the nurses to tell him “what they propose we do more.”

    He does not believe that the profession is shunned by young people, who would be put off by the difficult working conditions in the health care network. “Training programs are full, it is a extremely attractive because it is a profession of dedication to the population and that many people want to dedicate themselves,” he said.

    For his part, the minister of Health Gaétan Barrette has said that the sit-in nurses are organized in a sweet by the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec.