By Arianna Myers
Local Journalism Initiative
For years, the syndicat des professionnelles en soins des Cantons-de-l’Est (FIQ-SPSCE) has raised concerns about work conditions that they believe are putting the health and security of patients and employees at risk.
Workforce changes imposed on the healthcare system by various governments in recent years has exacerbated this situation, and according to the FIQ-SPSCE, the COVID-19 pandemic is further adding to the strain.
In the last few months, the FIQ-SPSCE has called on the management of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS to update them on the daily situation in various departments, particularly the maternity ward, neonatology, emergency rooms, long-term care and operating rooms, without seeing any real improvement.