Use of agencies on the North Shore | Management have “lost control,” accuse two unions

(Quebec) The explosive deployment of agencies at the CISSS de la Côte-Nord is an “extremely worrying[e] ” and dangerous[se] “Two health unions complain that this could lead to “benefit cuts”. They accuse the management of having “lost control” and call for the establishment of an emergency task force.

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Fanny Levesque

Fanny Levesque
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The Fédération de la santé du Québec (FSQ) and the Syndicat des interveners de la santé du Nord-Est québécois (SIISNEQ-CSQ) denounce an “out of control situation” at the CISSS de la Côte-Nord that is “right in Towards a wall”. The expected deficit of health facilities for the current year is expected to reach 65 million, of which more than 65% is due to the agency’s efforts, it said The press Saturday.

“When it is claimed that it is the members of management themselves who are reporting in the media about their poor management, it shows how bad things are,” writes SIISNEQ-CSQ President Nathalie Savard in a press release. The union points out that 140 nursing and nursing assistant positions have been eliminated in the past two years.

“We’re eliminating positions in our public network and spending tens of millions of public dollars to fatten private agencies,” adds Dr.me Savard. In their opinion, the difficult situation in which the CISSS de la Côte-Nord finds itself stems more from “bad management” of the institution.

“We’re talking about solutions like creating a public employment agency to have in-and-out access to fall back on, but did we ask ourselves: why did we come to this? ‘ asks M in an interviewme Savard, who regrets that the union is not involved in finding solutions. “We are no longer listened to in the health network, we are isolated,” she says.

The CISSS de la Côte-Nord declined to respond to the unions’ statements on Monday.

The two labor organizations are calling for an emergency meeting with the CISSS de la Côte-Nord and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). A proposal supported by the FSQ calling for the creation of a joint working group for the Côte-Nord.

“There is an urgent need for action. When I see that the unit is pretty much all Independent Workers (ME), where is the stability of supply? ‘ worries the President of the FSQ-CSQ, Isabelle Dumaine. “Especially in this case, the government and the CISSS de la Côte-Nord are very interested in sitting down with us to find quick solutions that are quite urgent,” she says in an interview.

According to the unions, Quebec “needs to rebuild more humane work structures as they existed before the Barrette reform, at a time when working with unions was genuine and genuine”. Mme Savard also wonders if the CISSS Côte-Nord – whose facilities were merged in 2015 – isn’t too big if it serves an area of ​​1,300 kilometers.

Solutions must also be found to keep the network staff there and avoid creating ‘two classes of staff’ through the use of agencies.

Towards the end of the bonuses

Unions also regret that the state of Quebec is spending money “without counting” to use private agencies as the government prepares to end bonuses offered to workers on the public network on May 14. Minister Christian Dubé said last week when examining his department’s budget that he had no intention of granting a new deadline.

Quebec had extended bonuses related to COVID-19 by a month last April as the sixth wave swept through the network. Mr Dubé pointed out that the epidemiological situation no longer justifies maintaining these premiums. This leaves unions fearing the worst as the summer holiday season approaches.

“One of the advantages of the ME is that you give the availability that you want to give. The ME people go on vacation for six or eight weeks in the summer. It’s nothing that doesn’t exist. So, who will be providing care this summer? It’s worrying,” says Mme Dumaine.

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