Organizations advocate the introduction of patient quotas

(Montreal) A dozen organizations and professional bodies on Friday called for Quebec to pass legislation to limit the number of patients per healthcare worker.

Posted at 12:47 p.m
Updated at 3:56 p.m

Clara Descurninges
The Canadian Press

“There is no doubt that secure metrics must be a universally applicable standard,” said Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) vice president Jérôme Rousseau at a press conference in Montreal.

He encouraged organizations and individuals to put their signatures under the pleading, which is available online.

“Our healthcare system has significant problems, our staff is overworked and exhausted,” he explained. The patients, the clientele, the nursing staff and the caring relatives suffer as a result. »

He gave the example of a nurse who finds herself with 150 patients in her care and who “must choose the care she needs to provide” as it is impossible for her to meet all of their needs.

“Our healthcare professionals no longer want to have to prioritize certain patient care over others,” added FIQ Private Sector Section President Sonia Mancier.

She recalled that CHSLD residents require ever more acute care, while available resources are not always adapted to this new reality. After the carnage that took place in these environments during the pandemic, “the status quo is just not intolerable for anyone anymore,” she pleaded.

Fight the shortage

For her part, Quebec Association of Nurses representative Kenza Rahmi argued that the lack of medical staff was no excuse for not imposing quotas.

“It’s not a shortage issue, it’s a retention issue,” she said, explaining that the poor conditions are creating a vicious cycle of more and more workers leaving the field.

Therefore, in her opinion, the quotas are “a key solution to improve the network’s ability to attract and retain nurses”.

“A lot of nurses run away from the emergency room because they don’t feel safe,” she gave as an example.

Mr Rousseau added that poor working conditions also cause “a high number of disabilities in the health network”, whether due to “professional exhaustion” or because employees “injure themselves because it is going too fast”.

the right proportions

Coalition members did not provide figures on a safe patient-to-caregiver ratio, as this varies widely from case to case.

For this reason, the President of the Order of Nurses of Quebec, Luc Mathieu, called for the development of “instruments to determine the intensity of care given to patients” and therefore the amount of work that they represent.

The head of external communications for the Quebec Nursing Consultation and Influence Group, Claire Thibault, also stressed the importance of a “rigorous mechanism for adjusting the ratios to the needs of the clientele”.

So far, the signatories to the plea are the Interprofessional Health Federation, the Quebec Association of Nurses, the Quebec Association of Gerontological Nurses, the Quebec Nursing Consultation and Influence Group, the Popular Education and Community Action Movement of Quebec, Quebec Physicians for the Public Regime, the Order of Nurses and Auxiliary Nurses of Quebec, the Order of Nurses of Quebec, Proche aidance Quebec, the Réseau FADOQ and the Interprofessional Grouping of Retired Health Services Workers.

This article was produced with financial support from the Meta Fellowships and The Canadian Press for News.

Leave a Comment