(Quebec) Concerned about the lack of nurses, Christian Dubé will fly to Nunavik in the next few days. Quebec refuses to resort to Canadian forces. An agreement is negotiated with the Red Cross to send medical resources from the south.
Posted on August 10th
“ I will go ! ”, launched the Minister for Health and Social Care upon his arrival at the Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday. “There is a contingency plan in development and the Red Cross will come and cement it all. So I want to continue” , he continued when asked about the serious labor shortage affecting the health network in North-du-Québec.
The press reported on Wednesday that health worker shortages in seven Nunavik communities have reached unprecedented heights this summer. The situation is so critical that local health officials have urged the government to “press the red button” and call in the army, a request that Quebec has denied. On Wednesday, the prime minister and his minister again ruled out that possibility.
“We’ve seen it during the pandemic, there aren’t many people who are available at the federal level and who are educated in health. When I saw that this morning, I asked my office to review with Christian Dubé’s team what needs to be done,” said François Legault on the sidelines of announcing the candidacy of former Radio Canada journalist and analyst Martine Biron Levis .
It has emerged that the Legault government had been reluctant to ask the Canadian Army for help during the first wave of support for the CHSLDs. Christian Dubé asserts that this is currently not the case. “It’s about which group is best suited [pour] complete our teams,” said the minister.
Christian Dubé recalled that paramedics were on their way to Nunavik to offer help. Doctors from different regions of Quebec also raised their hands. Medical teams from the south could therefore be deployed in cooperation with the Red Cross.
Mr. Dubé admits the situation in Nunavik is “really problematic” but he believes it has improved. “I reevaluated [avec le sous-ministre associé Daniel Paré]the situation is already better than it was,” he said.
Since the beginning of the summer, the 8,000 inhabitants of the seven villages on the coast of Hudson Bay have had to make do with emergency care for long periods of time due to a lack of personnel for routine care.
In collaboration with Charles Lecavalier, The press
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