Caregivers in the Quebec region say they are disillusioned with their working conditions, which lead them to cut corners or abandon certain care altogether.
The Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec (FIQ) unveiled a survey conducted among its members on Wednesday, according to which 83% of health care professionals confirmed that they cannot provide all the care patients need due to workload, which is considered too high.
The SOM Institute’s survey was conducted in June among 9,663 nurses, specialized nurse practitioners, practical nurses and respiratory therapists in Quebec, who were questioned about a range of treatments and their ability to provide them.
The departure comes as the FIQ negotiates new collective agreements with the Legault government.
Sébastien Bouchard, President of the Interprofessional Health Union of the IUCPQ, Marie-Claude Cyr, Vice-President of the Interprofessional Union of the CHU de Quebec, and Caroline Gravel, President of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nation, the Union of Health Care Professionals.
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Regarding the national capital, the results tell us that, for example, at Quebec City University Hospital, 34% of samples were, according to respondents’ perception, taken “too quickly” or only “partially”.
In addition, only 28% believed they could adequately prepare patients and their loved ones for discharge, while 2% said they could not perform necessary diagnostic tests due to lack of time.
“We will lose faith in our profession. We also lose the feeling of work accomplished according to the rules of art,” said Marie-Claude Cyr, vice-president of the interprofessional union of the CHU of Quebec, at a press conference in front of CHUL.
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At the University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec (IUCPQ), 15% of respondents complain about not having time to devote to care plans while in CIUSSS, while 7% say they are unable to manage the medications they take as needed. as soon as possible.
Population “at risk”
“What we need to understand at the population level is that they are at risk at this time when we need to prioritize our care more,” worries Sébastien Bouchard, president of the IUCPQ’s Interprofessional Health Union.
He and his colleagues called for a review of the ratios in healthcare organizations and were concerned by the fact that, nationally, 42% of healthcare professionals are considering leaving their jobs, including 71% due to work overload. .
“There’s a sort of cargo, almost […] As we speak, in CHSLDs, for example, in the Quebec region, the nurse-patient ratio [de] 65, it is not true that she is really doing quality work. It’s patient line work,” says Carolyn Gravel, president of the Capitale-National Union of Healthcare Professionals.
CHU de Québec, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and IUCPQ declined to comment.