The Hospital in Thetford Mines, loses his psychiatrists

News 22 December, 2017
  • Dominique Lelièvre

    Friday, 22 December 2017 19:59

    Friday, 22 December 2017 19:59

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    The two psychiatrists of the hospital in Thetford Mines, slamming the door due to “organisational problems” which went so far as to threaten their own safety, according to their professional association.

    Thus, the psychiatric unit, renovated at a cost of $ 1.3 million in the past year, will have to close for an indeterminate period of time from January 17, fault of a specialist physician, announced, Friday, the Centre for integrated health and social services (CISSS) of Chaudière-Appalaches.

    “The first psychiatrist is a party, which has had the effect of adding additional pressure on the workload of the two psychiatrists left who have decided to leave their tower,” said in a written statement a spokesperson of the organization, Genevieve Dion.

    But according to the Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec, the unit, which should normally be after four psychiatrists, has really only had two since its re-opening in June 2016. The third specialist would otherwise have remained in post for a few days because of conditions considered to be too demanding.


    “[If] the 3rd [person] resigned at the end of 5 days, it was because of issues of organization of the services that the other two décriaient for a long time “, mentioned in the interview, the president of the association, Dr. Karine Igartua, who points the finger at ” several gaps in the culture and in the knowledge of the staff “.

    “There is a lack of staff training, so practices do not conform to standards of treatment, in our days, in psychiatry, and externally, a lack of resources, so that the two psychiatrists were out of steam and should overcome the lack of resources,” she said.

    This problem would have resulted in more worrisome situations from the point of view of safety.

    “It happened of events that could have been much more unfortunate in which patients found themselves, for example, to have access to material that normally, it is impossible to think of it in a psychiatric unit,” said the director of communications for the association, Martine to be Built.

    “Reluctantly “

    For the Dr. Igartua, the two women who have left the department of psychiatry are doing so “reluctantly” and ” because they saw no other issues “. They would, however, have expressed the desire not to speak to the media.

    After having renovated the wing of a psychiatric Hospital in Thetford Mines should now, “renewing the practices,” advised the president of the professional association.

    For its part, the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches has stated that arrangements had been made for the good of the patients of the psychiatric ward, to a few weeks of a temporary closure. “We won’t allow them without services, rest assured “, has been certified by Ms. Dion.