Health care in Outaouais: “I’m ashamed,” says Dr. Peter Bonneville

Health care in Outaouais: “I’m ashamed,” says Dr. Peter Bonneville
Health care in Outaouais: “I’m ashamed,” says Dr. Peter Bonneville

The boss of doctors in Outaouais says he is downright ashamed of the care offered to patients in his region, where competition from Ontario is causing a significant labor shortage.

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The Dr Peter Bonneville came to sound the alarm at the National Assembly on Thursday morning.

The president of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists (CMDP) of the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) describes the care given in his region as “pitiful”.

“In Outaouais, we no longer provide quality care. At the moment, in Outaouais, we are doing what we can with what we have and it is very difficult,” he confided.

“I am ashamed of the care we are giving in Outaouais at the moment,” declared Dr Peter Bonneville, alongside Liberal MP André Fortin.

Yesterday, the CISSSO announced a contingency plan which could include the closure of certain sites and the withdrawal of certain work shifts in order to ensure minimum service in the region.

This would mean, for example, the cancellation of non-urgent surgeries during the summer period.

Recently, the Legault government announced bonuses of $22,000 annually in order to retain technologists in the region, attracted by the more attractive salaries in Ontario.

Dr Bonneville asks Minister Dubé to go further to ensure a quality of care in Outaouais equal to that offered in the rest of Quebec.

“I feel like a beggar,” he lamented.

“I have a Go Fund Me for a rare disease… This disease means staying in Outaouais,” he quipped.

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