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

(Quebec) The explosion of the use of agencies at the CISSS of the North Shore is a situation of “extremely worrying[e] And “dangerous.”[se] Which could lead to “service cuts,” two health unions lament. They accuse management of “losing control” and calling for an emergency working group.

Posted yesterday at 6:27 p.m.

Fanny Lévesque

Fanny Lévesque
The Press

The Fédération de la santé du Québec (FSQ) and the Syndicat des intervenants et intervenants de la santé du Nord-Est québécois (SIISNEQ-CSQ) denounce a “situation out of control” at the CISSS de la Côte-Nord which a wall ». The anticipated deficit of the health facility is expected to reach 65 million for the current year, of which more than 65% is due to the use of agencies, reported The Press Saturday.

“When it is reported that the members of the management themselves report their poor management in the media, it shows how bad it is,” wrote Nathalie Savard, president of SIISNEQ-CSQ. , in a statement. The union points out that 140 nursing and auxiliary nursing positions have been eliminated in the last two years.

“We are eliminating jobs in our public network and spending tens of millions of public money to fatten private agencies,” added Mme Savard. According to her, the difficult situation in which the CISSS of the North Shore finds itself is more a result of “mismanagement” of the establishment.

“We’re talking about solutions like setting up a public labor agency, using fly-in, fly-out, but the question was, why did we go there?” ? Asks Mr. in an interviewme Savard, who laments that the union is not involved in finding solutions. “We are no longer being listened to in the health care system, we are being sidelined,” she said.

The CISSS of the North Shore did not want to respond to the statements of the unions on Monday.

The two unions are calling for an emergency meeting with the CISSS of the North Shore and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). A proposal supported by the FSQ calling for the establishment of a joint working group for the North Shore.

“There is an urgent need for action. When I see that it is practically only independent labor (IO) on the unit, where is it, the stability of care? Isabelle Dumaine, president of the FSQ-CSQ, is worried. “Especially in this case, the government and the CISSS of the North Shore have every interest in sitting down with us to find quick solutions in a fairly urgent manner,” she said in an interview.

According to the unions, Quebec must “rebuild more humane job structures, as it existed before the Barrette reform, at a time when collaboration with unions was real and sincere.” Mme Savard also wonders whether the CISSS Côte-Nord – whose facilities were merged in 2015 – is not too big as it serves a 1,300-kilometer territory.

Solutions must also be put in place for network employees to choose to stay and avoid creating “two classes of employees” with the use of agencies.

Towards the end of the bonuses

The unions deplore the same spirit that the state of Quebec is spending “without counting” on the use of private agencies as the government prepares to end the bonuses offered to public network workers on May 14. Minister Christian Dubé said last week, when studying his ministry’s budget appropriations, that he did not intend to grant a new deadline.

Last April, Quebec City extended COVID-19 premiums by one month as the sixth wave hit the network. Mr Dubé said the epidemiological situation no longer justified the maintenance of these premiums. Which raises concerns for unions as the summer holiday season approaches.

“One of the benefits of the MOI is that you give the availability that you want to give.” The people of the MOI take a six- to eight-week summer vacation. This is not something that does not exist. So who is going to take care of this summer? This is worrying, ”said Tomorrow.

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