Overwhelmed emergencies: “Will someone put their panties on and act?”

Overwhelmed emergencies: “Will someone put their panties on and act?”

The Chaudière-Appalaches Care Professionals Union regrets its working conditions and denounces a broken bond of trust with the employer.

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“Confidence in your ability and that of the organization to solve our members’ problems is gone. Abuses of power, more than questionable management decisions, favoritism and intimidation are reported to us daily by several members,” we read in a July 27 letter to the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches.

Union spokesmen even spoke of reducing services on the network, reluctantly to make their voices heard.

“We are there with the service cuts. We have to put a foot down. And that we do it to give the people who carry the health net a breathing space (…). Nothing is done. Will anyone ever put their panties on and who will act?” said Patricia Pouliot, spokeswoman for the Chaudière-Appalaches Care Professionals Union, in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

Emergencies are overwhelmed in the region, as this table shows.

According to Ms Pouliot, Prime Minister François Legault and Minister for Health and Social Affairs Christian Dubé are only busy with the elections scheduled for this autumn.

“We are not heard, we are not listened to. Nothing is proven. At present, the priority for Mr Dubé and Premier Legault is to find candidates for the elections. It’s just his priority. Caring for the healthcare professionals who have responded since the pandemic began is really the least of their worries,” she denounced.

On Saturday afternoon, the Chaudière-Appalaches CISSS responded to the letter sent by the union.

“The CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches has major labor law problems. The context of shortages, to which we add the summer holiday season in addition to a seventh wave of COVID, makes the situation even more difficult. (…)”, he wrote.