In a press release issued October 4, the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN) called for an emergency investment of $50 million from the new Quebec government to avoid what it calls a breakdown in the health care and social services network.
« The crisis cannot continue. We are asking for an emergency investment of $50 million to intervene in facilities facing acute labour shortages, » wrote FSSS-CSN President Jeff Begley, proposing in particular that the hiring process or even the rehiring of retired staff be speeded up.
The federation is also calling for an emergency meeting with the representatives of the new government so that concrete measures can be taken to correct the situation in long-term nursing care homes (CHSLDs) as well as home care services.
In its communiqué, the federation mentions several problems that require immediate solutions:
« Money is not the only solution. The entire week before the election, the FSSS-CSN exposed a series of problems within the public network: the demand for exaggerated mobility of personnel working in huge regional facilities; labour shortages; work overload for those currently employed; the under-utilization of some of the staff that if corrected, would allow nurses to devote themselves to care; the exclusion, without valid justification, of people willing to work through the arbitrary establishment of requirements to access such positions. The FSSS-CSN has proposed concrete solutions for each of these problems, which have unfortunately been aggravated by the Liberal reform of the health care network. »
In conclusion, the President of the FSSS-CSN reminded the new CAQ government of its commitment, during the federation’s convention last June, to work with it to find solutions to the glaring problems that the system faces. « The new government would do well to begin its mandate by consulting us before imposing concocted solutions from out of left field, in a tower on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec City. »