My Take: by Michael Boriero

The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week’s topic was emergency services.

The news out of Senneterre, where a man died following a two-hour wait for an ambulance, is devastating, tragic, and, unfortunately, predictable given the cutbacks to emergency services in the province due to staff shortages.

I hope I’m wrong, but this could be the start of something more problematic, as Quebec struggles to find people interested in working long hours, mandatory overtime, and in a sector where burnout is becoming an all-too-common term among personnel.

There are major issues with our health system, which came to light early in the pandemic. I think everyone can admit that at this point. Even Legault. But it’s one thing to admit there’s a problem, and a whole other thing to actually do something about it.

It’s way past time to act, enough with the thumb twiddling. This isn’t politics. There are lives at stake here.

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