December 6, 2023

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Abolition of TSO: Nurses not convinced by Christian Dubey

Abolition of TSO: Nurses not convinced by Christian Dubey

Nurses are skeptical of Health Minister Christian Dubey’s desire to abolish compulsory overtime (TSO).

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In an interview on the Mario Dumont program on LCN Tuesday morning, Mr. Dubé said he wants to end the TSO, but several conditions must be met.

“I think if we introduce more flexible work schedules, which are decided by the nurses, which means they are involved in managing their schedule, I think we can eliminate OSI very quickly,” he said. .

Wishful thinking, according to Julie Bouchard, president of the Quebec Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ).

“Do I still believe? I believe it a bit, because in 2018, it was already an election promise. Four years later, mandatory overtime is exploding everywhere,” she lamented.

Despite the Order of Nurses of Quebec (OIIQ) having more than 82,000 members, the TSO’s persistence continues, a record number.

“It is not a question of him not having weapons. The question is that there is a real lack of political leadership and administrative leadership at the manager level,” Ms. Bouchard explained.

Recent data from the OIIQ shows that 2,400 nurses are working in private agencies, a 19% increase from last year.

Many of them made this choice to avoid forced overtime work.

Although the TSO has not been abolished, labor shortages are high and the three viruses are taking a heavy toll, with nurses continuing to make up the health network out of hand.

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“I think we’re in survival mode right now. I mean we have patients to take care of. When you’re a nurse, you have a self-reward. I mean, it’s important for us to take care of our patients. We have no choice, they’re there,” she said in an interview with TVA Novelles. said Sylvie Tanguay, Pediatric Head Nurse Assistant at CIUSSS de l’Estry-CHUS.

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