Caregivers in distress threaten to resign en bloc

The pandemic situation is extremely worrying in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to the point where a distress call was made by nursing staff, exhausted by the current situation.

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In an interview with Salut, Bonjour, Julie Bouchard, president of the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean healthcare professionals union, explained that she had to respond to this very worrying situation on Friday evening.

“Morale is still at zero. Yesterday evening I received a distress call from a department of Alma, where the healthcare professionals threaten to resign en bloc if the situation does not improve and if we do not come to lend them a hand for the continuation of things ”, explained the president of the union.

Ms. Bouchard was quick to question management on this subject, and adjustments could be made, such as working hours.

“Now, they are on the 12 hours mandatory, following the ministerial decree. It is not a hot zone department, so it is not a department that is caught with COVID, it is a department that was problematic even before the pandemic, and has been for several months, several years. It is a cry of distress that they launch. They need help, they need to be heard. The same goes for all healthcare professionals in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, ”Ms. Bouchard assures us.

Recognition and improvement of working conditions are at the heart of the demands of workers in the region, where there are no less than 115 active outbreaks of COVID-19.

“The pandemic broke the camel’s back,” notes the president.

However, she recognizes that the Omerta that prevailed in the health network “is a thing of the past”.

“Now everything is out, we are able to denounce the real things. There is a certain listening and a certain sensitivity in wanting to improve things with the support of the population. ”

However, workers in the health network fear the post-pandemic.

“This worries us greatly since the waiting lists continue to increase the pressure may be even greater,” concluded Julie Bouchard.

The toll continues to be very heavy in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean where 213 new infections were added to the region’s toll on Friday.

The COVID-19 has made 87 in this region since the start of the crisis last March.

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