Health professionals judge that the point of no return has been crossed in Outaouais

Health professionals judge that the point of no return has been crossed in Outaouais
Health professionals judge that the point of no return has been crossed in Outaouais

A probe carried out by the CMDP of the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) in the last few days – that The right was able to consult – reveals in particular that almost two thirds (64%) of respondents believe that “concerning the health care given to the population of Outaouais in CISSSO establishments”, we had already crossed the stage of no return even before the crisis for medical imaging technologists.

Nearly a quarter of the professionals consulted (24%) believe that this stage of no return has been reached with this crisis which has been raging for two and a half months, while 11% of them are of the opinion that this limit will be reached “at short term”. Barely 1.5% of respondents believe that we are not at this critical stage.

Asked how long they estimate it will take for the region’s healthcare teams to return to a pre-pandemic level if Quebec agrees to provide “adequate funding”, 90% of members responded that it will be necessary to wait. five years or more, and of this proportion, almost half (43%) estimate this delay at seven years or more. The others are of the opinion that this delay before having a glimmer of hope would be three years.

“A great spirit of pessimism”

According to the president of the organization, Dr. Peter Bonneville, these results say a lot about the state of mind of professionals and the great fragility of the current situation.

“The aim of the survey was to confirm the comments continually heard in the field. It seems that we have confirmation that the members of the CMDP no longer have much hope and that a great spirit of pessimism reigns at the moment.”

— Dr Peter Bonneville

Nine out of ten respondents believe that it will take 5 to 7 years, or even more, for the Outaouais to return to its pre-pandemic level, as long as the government provides adequate funding to the region. (Archives Le Droit)

In total, 148 members of the CMDP responded to the short survey, i.e. 67 specialist doctors, 60 general practitioners, 19 pharmacists and 1 dentist.

According to Dr. Bonneville, who was the first to come out in public and wave red flags in early spring when the imaging technologist crisis erupted – pleading that major service disruptions could endanger the lives of patients in danger – it is high time to act with lasting measures.

“It should be emphasized that doctors, dentists and pharmacists in Outaouais have been sounding the alarm for too long without really listening to people at the Ministry (of Health and Social Services) to the effect that the situation in our region is precarious . As they say, out of sight, out of mind,” he emphasizes.

A petition launched by the CMDP in April to demand rapid action in the Outaouais in the face of the precariousness of the health system and departures to Ontario “in order to ensure fair access to health care in the Outaouais by applying remuneration differentiated to the workers and professionals of our establishment” collected more than 26,100 signatures on Wednesday evening.

As for a strategy of the SOS07 group – a chain of emails sent to Quebec elected officials for weeks to make them aware of the situation in the Outaouais – it has so far made it possible to send more than 36,000 messages.

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