Christmas festivities have been linked to service breaks in hospitals across the province in recent days as workers suffer from COVID-19 and are forced to isolate themselves.
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Anonymous sources have confirmed Magazine The almost complete closure of the operating room at Notre Dame Hospital in Montreal will be associated with a bar Christmas party last weekend.
At the invitation of the department’s head nurse, several staff members gathered at a bar in the city center. On social media, many photos have close contacts of up to 10 people and without a mask, even if they are not sitting at the table.
Jean-Nicholas Abe, spokesman for the Center for Integrated University Health and Social Services (CIUSSS)’s Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, declined to confirm a manager-sponsored Christmas celebration.
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Five employees have been affected, he said. He adds that all staff are currently being screened for “closing the door to the virus”. The hospital is safe, Mr. Aubé promises.
Only one operating room is open. The almost total closure of this unit will have an impact on about forty patients, with an additional 11 selected surgeries being postponed until January.
Through the messenger, said Amelie Foucault, a surgeon at Notre Dame Hospital. Magazine That she did not believe in “being negligent”.
According to Jean Nicolas Aubé, this is an example of “workers who follow the most stringent rules” that have been overcome by the great epidemic of the virus. By then, the province was already seeing more than 2,000 new cases daily.
However, a health worker, who did not want to be named, said the outburst caused controversy within the department, especially as staff were not comfortable hosting the Christmas celebration.
On Tuesday, CIUSSS sent an internal note to staff urging them to skip Christmas meetings to protect maintenance.
At Hotel-du Hospital in Lewis, on the south coast of Quebec, an explosion affects 27 staff on a radiology team.
The lawsuit was probably funded by a Christmas rally, CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches spokeswoman Mireille Gaudreau confirmed.
“All affected employees are laid off and isolated at home,” he wrote, adding that more than a third of the 80 employees in the industry.
He adds that the Christmas party was “however conducted in accordance with the instructions in force at the time.” “
“Only a few cases that are deemed medically urgent have been postponed,” Ms Coutreau said, indicating that restructuring services makes it possible to avoid the worst.
“In the presence of all strangers, caution is needed”, begins virologist Benoit Barbie about Christmas treats.
According to him, the organizers should reconsider the methods, cancel them, reduce the size or hold an event outside.
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