July 3, 2022

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Suspended without pay: 458 health workers refused screening

Suspended without pay: 458 health workers refused screening

Not only are health care workers refusing to be vaccinated, but hundreds of them are currently on unpaid suspension after refusing to undergo mandatory tests.

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The Department of Health and Human Services said on Twitter on Thursday that 458 workers who had not been vaccinated refused to be tested and were therefore suspended without pay.

Following the withdrawal of mandatory vaccinations for health network employees this fall, Quebec imposed three-week tests on employees who did not have adequate immunity.

“Be clear: it is very difficult for us to understand how a health care worker can refuse to be vaccinated. This is completely nonsense, “said Tariq al-Hashimi, the party’s secretary general.

“We fully agree with companies that suspend their employees without pay for refusing to take the test,” she added. In addition, this news shows that mandatory screening is not discussed on the network. ”

Invited to the exam

On behalf of the Federation of Health and Social Services (CSN), we invite the government to facilitate screening for backward employees.

“Since the outbreak, we have called for greater use of screening as a tool to prevent the spread of the disease, and we continue to do so,” said its president, Regine Leclerc. Government and network organizations should work harder to make screening directly available in the workplace and to expedite it. ”

At the Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ), we are particularly concerned with workers’ responsibility. “The healthcare network is in high tension and we all need it. There is no reason to reject the test. The protection of the first line is essential. FIQ reminds us that vaccination is the best defense when combined with all protective measures, ”said Isabelle Grolx, Vice President for Occupational Health and Safety.

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