The Federation of Occupational Health of Quebec (FIQ) said it was disappointed by the announcement of the Legault government, which wants not only to find new nurses, but also to keep those already in the public network with the help of financial incentives.
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“The expectations we had today were a strong plan, with clear commitments on the working conditions of healthcare professionals. The first commitment was that they would no longer have to do mandatory overtime (OST), and that from now on, the balance between work, family and respect would be most important. Three Elements of Commitment, and that wasn’t as strong as we heard.” Regrets the organization’s president, Nancy Bedard.
According to her, if nurses and other healthcare professionals leave the network, it is largely due to OSI, and the inability to have stable schedules and plan for leave.
“Financial incentives, that is not what prompted them to leave. I doubt the expected outcome in the short and medium term,” the FIQ chief regrets.
“In the coming days and weeks we will see if healthcare professionals will, eventually, be able to come back and believe in these principles and the great wishes of the government.”
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