Nurses in search of solutions

News 11 March, 2018
  • Arnaud Koenig-Soutière

    Saturday, march 10, 2018 18:14

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    Some 80 nurses and nurses marched in the streets of Quebec city, on Saturday, to denounce the situation as “degrading” in which they say to be placed daily.

    A good part of the demonstrators gathered at the Little Theatre of Quebec, on rue Saint-Vallier Ouest, to empty the heart and appeal to other nurses of Quebec. The stories of burnout, bullying, patients neglected by the lack of resources and mandatory overtime have succeeded.

    “The problem is that nurses don’t write. They do not relate, ” said the professor of anthropology at the Université Laval, Bernard Roy, who has co-authored a book on the reality of the nurses in the far North of quebec.

    Shortness of breath

    Several nurses have not hesitated to take the microphone to share their experiences with their brothers and sisters. Some say they are out of breath, others argue to be altogether abandoned by the Federation interprofessional of the health (FIQ) and the ministry of Health.

    “For me, it is as if we could not count on them and we are left to ourselves, mentioned Simon, a nurse.

    Several nurses wore the double hat of a union representative, this has raised the discussion around the effectiveness of their union.

    “It is necessary that we ask the question on trade union renewal, but we must not forget the power of this tool for our gang. It is necessary that we remain united, ” a qualified professor of nursing at the University of Laval, Patrick Martin.

    “We shout “

    The discussion session was preceded by a march which began in front of the national Assembly to complete two kilometers away, at the Little Theatre of Quebec.

    “It wasn’t much, but the important thing is to be heard. The cry was strong and I think that the message is passed “, has launched Heidi Lepage, a nurse and professor at the University of Quebec at Rimouski.


    Complaints on the rise

    The integrated Center for academic health and social services (CIUSSS) of the National Capital has received nearly 200 complaints over the previous year, in 2017.

    While 918 complaints had been forwarded to the CIUSSS in 2016, approximately 1104 dissatisfied patients that were heard in 2017, according to figures obtained by TVA Nouvelles in virtue of the Law of access to information.

    The increase of these complaints is particularly visible on the side of care and services provided (+104 complaints), and the accessibility to care (+59 complaints).

    This trend should not reverse itself soon, according to the president of the Council for the protection of the sick, Paul Brunet.

    “This is the “fun” to balance the budget, but not when it gathers as much of the world against oneself. We are in the process of beating the government on the issue of health because they did not listen to the world, ” he said in an interview with the issuance Quebec morning to the antenna of LCN.

    – QMI agency