October 17, 2021

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Two end-of-life patients die in the corridors of the Sikutimi emergency room

In Sagune-Lock-Saint-Jean, two patients died at the end of their lives in the last days of the corridors of the emergency room of Sikutimi Hospital, due to lack of space on the floors.

The lack of beds is said to be closely linked to labor shortages affecting the regional health network.

According to information received by DVA Novelles, one of these patients had cancer. At the Sagune Immunization Care Home, we made sure that patients were denied because of the lack of seats.

Twelve beds are available, but only nine are currently operational due to staff shortages.

“It’s unfortunate, but our staff is trained to deal with this kind of situation,” said Julie Labe, president and CEO of CIUSSS at Sagune-Lock-Saint-Jean. , We create privacy to keep families close to the person. ”

He declined to release details surrounding the two incidents.

This is unacceptable to Julie Bouchard, president of the FIQ-affiliated Union of Health Professionals.

“This is an unacceptable environment,” Ms. Bouchard said. Providing lifelong care on a hospital sidewalk is emotionally very difficult. ”

Nurses from the emergency room made it possible for their employer to find the final warning compromise that began Wednesday, but in the short term, there were no quick fixes.

“No one had a magic wand, but our representatives were happy with the return of the administration,” he said. We would also like to thank the workers who have already worked in the emergency room and have agreed to return to work overtime in the coming days. ”

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Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. Nearly 12,000 shifts should be filled by summer, or 9% of all shifts. A list of workers who want to volunteer has been published.

“We are trying to get out of the compulsory overtime movement to allow our workers to make better choices,” Ms Labe said. School nurses were also called, and some of them responded positively. ”

Health officials have to deal with the absence of 1,400 workers in the regional network.

“We have staff who are in a state of shock during the difficult year we had,” he said. Our workers had vacations last summer, but we got stuck in COVID, so they need to come on vacation this summer. We know our teams get tired on the field. ”

There is no question in the short term of stopping services permanently. Only temporary changes should be expected.

Julie Labe wants to assure citizens: “People should come and look for services and they will have the services they need.”