November 28, 2021

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Lachine Hospital | Physicians unite to fund respiratory therapist bonus

The doctors at Lachin Hospital are offering a two-year, $ 15,000 annual bonus to the first three respiratory therapists who work together at their healthcare facility. An exceptional measure aimed at reopening the hospital’s emergency rooms that are closed in the evenings and at night.


Coralie Laplande

Coralie Laplande
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Since November 7, patients seeking treatment in the emergency department of Lachin Hospital have been sent back to neighboring hospitals indefinitely from 7:30 pm to 7 am.

The McGill University Health Center (MUHC) announced it would close at the end of October due to a “critical” shortage of nurses and respiratory therapists. One decision, which provoked anger, led to two rallies against it.

“Our administrator made this decision in a hurry. We calculated how much money we had, how much we had, and how we were [le] Spend, ”explains D.R. Paul Sabah, chairman of the Physicians Council of Lachin Hospital. After many discussions this decision was unanimously adopted.

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D.R. Paul Sabah, chairman of the Physicians Council of Lachin Hospital

The doctor found that, unlike hospitals located in the city center of the metropolis, respiratory therapists could not benefit from the premiums paid by the Quebec government if they worked at Lachin Hospital.

“We decided to raise funds, and we decided to give every doctor’s contribution to keep the hospital afloat because this is important to us,” D.C.R. Georges Jarur.

D.R. Sabah hopes that this incentive will attract workers working in other MUHC hospitals, but not before retirement therapists or retirees.

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The MUHC estimates that two to three respiratory therapists will be needed to prevent the closure of Lachin Hospital.

Decreased traffic

As its emergencies are partially closed, Lachin Hospital has reduced its traffic. D.R. Jarur estimates that hospital attendance has dropped by 50%.

“Even during the day it made an impact: patients did not come. I feel like some people took it as a message that the emergency was completely closed,” D underscores.R. Jarur.

The doctor believes some patients have gone to walk-in clinics and other hospitals, but others will not receive treatment.

“In a few weeks, will there be a small increase in the death rate in the metropolis of Lachin? We don’t know, it’s too early, “he said.

“Our patients are very vulnerable. They are one [endroit] Really landscape. After all, they can’t afford a $ 150 ambulance to get to the hospital. ” Jarur continues.

During his three-year training at Lachine Hospital, Dr.R. Jarour says he has repeatedly seen patients walk to the hospital with a heart attack.