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The network is paralyzed as ever: it is difficult to seek treatment everywhere in Quebec

The network is paralyzed as ever: it is difficult to seek treatment everywhere in Quebec

The beds are closed, operating rooms are in slow motion, deliveries are moved: a blatant lack of staff is crippling the health network as never before, and this is a pity for the doctors. Meanwhile, queues are breaking records.

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Newspaper It identified all service malfunctions in the network (see below). First note: all regions are affected.

  • At Saint-Jérôme Hospital, 81 beds in two units have been closed for about a year.
  • At Lachin Hospital, two out of three operating rooms are closed.
  • In Ottawa, only 34% of operating rooms in area hospitals are in use.

Although a fall is usually a period in which the network operates at full speed, the shortage of personnel seriously slows the pace of work.

“We depend on a lot of staff, we need doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, midwives…it’s a chain and any link is missing, everything collapses,” explains D.s Lior Bibas, MD, a cardiologist who works in intensive care at Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Longueuil. As a doctor, the situation does not encourage me. I don’t see how we can get out of this.”

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breaking point

Meanwhile, the waiting logs add:

  • 160,684 Quebecers await surgery in Quebec
  • 17,691 elderly people hope to receive home care
  • 4,381 seniors are waiting for a place at CHSLD

According to the Quebec Public Order Physicians Group (MQRP), network degradation has reached a “wall”.

“Right now, there is such a breaking point, we have reached an unprecedented situation,” notes DrDr Karen Peltier. We let the problem grow and rot. It is more difficult to manage and will cost more.

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Too far from treatment

In the Laurentians, the glaring shortage of staff makes the situation critical in several places. According to the Alliance of Saint Laurentians, the infrastructures are the same as those 30 years ago, but the population has practically doubled.

My concern is that people are not receiving treatment. If it’s too far, people won’t go. The disease may worsen, and it will cost the health system more,” grieves the president of this alliance, Mark Laureux.

according to dDr Pelletier, the solution involves adding employees to the overall network, not new structures.

“We’re doubling down on physical places instead of employee What is already there, she says. We are frustrated that the proposed solutions always want to reinvent the wheel, such as creating a new small hospital [privé]. We have the workplaces, but we need to improve working conditions to retain employees.”

– In collaboration with Hugo Duchaine and Louis Deschênes

Newspaper Identified all service failures in the health network with the Centers for Integrated Health and Social Services (CISSS). Here is a list of everything that is currently closed.

Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean

Some services are modified according to the available staff

  • Dolbo Mystacini Hospital
    Occasional closure of the obstetrics department on weekends
  • Jonquiere Hospital
    One operating room closed 3 days a week
  • Alma Hospital
    One operating room closed 3 days a week
  • Roberval Hospital
    1 operating room

national capital

  • CHU from Quebec
    5 operating rooms out of 48

Mauricie-Centre of Quebec

  • Trois-Rivieres Hospital Center
    27 beds
    2 operating rooms
  • Hotel-Dieu d’Arthabaska (Victoriaville)
    4 beds
    1 operating room
  • Shawinigan Hospital
    1 operating room
  • Sainte-Croix Hospital (Drummondville)
    8 beds
  • La Toke Hospital
    2 closed beds for cardiac monitoring
  • Forterville
    The emergency room closes at 8pm instead of midnight (waiting for new doctors to arrive)
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  • All operating rooms in the region are running at 80%
  • 42 closed beds
  • Coaticook Hospital
    The emergency is partially open (from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)


  • Institute of Neurology (MUHC)
    1 to 2 of 4 operating rooms
  • Royal Victoria (MUHC)
    1 out of 10 operating rooms
  • Lashin Hospital
    2 out of 3 operating rooms
    Emergency closure for ambulances from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am.
  • Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
    29 beds
    3 intensive care beds
  • Santa Cabrini
    25 beds
    3 intensive care beds
  • LaSalle Hospital
    Closure of 4 families out of 12 in neonatal care. Transfers of women about to give birth are planned when possible.
    1 out of 4 operating rooms
    Decreased outpatient physiotherapy services (5 days a week). Users are transported to Buhaira Hospital.
    2 beds of 8 in intensive care
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
    2 out of 7 families are in intensive care
    2 of 4 beds in the coronary artery unit
  • Lake Hospital (Point Claire)
    Dedicated cataract operating room closure (out of a total of 7). Patients are sent to a private clinic.
  • Montreal Heart Institute
    Partial closure of 1 of 3 electrophysiology rooms
    Intermittent cancellation of surgeries
  • Jewish General Hospital
    1 out of 13 operating rooms
    6 out of 30 intensive care beds
    8 hospital beds
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
    2 out of 10 operating rooms
  • Jean Talon Hospital
    2 out of 5 operating rooms


  • The ‘unstable’ situation in many imaging departments, laboratories and care units
  • Hospital operating rooms are operating at 34%. At least, agreements with private surgery clinics allow to achieve an activity rate of 88%.
  • 5 intensive care beds closed
  • 36% of medical/surgical beds are not available

Pontiac Hospital (Chauvel)
No maternity service since February 2020

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Gatineau Cancer Center
Partial interruption of radiotherapy for the Apetibe Timiskaming population

North Coast

  • Port-Cartier Hospital
    Emergency closed for patients classified as non-urgent between 8pm and 8am.
  • Forestville
    Partial Radiology Department


  • Sainte-Anne-des-Monts مستشفى Hospital
    Obstetrics: Nurse on site from 8 am to 4 pm. Patients are cared for by the emergency department or sent to Matane


  • Hôtel-Dieu in Lévis
    2 operating rooms out of 8


  • Health City (Laval)
    Service break for opioid antagonist therapy.


  • 48 closed beds in CHSLDs
  • Juliet Hospital
    2 operating rooms
    37 beds
  • Pierre Le Gardier
    2 operating rooms


  • St. Jerome Hospital
    2 operating rooms out of 8
    81 beds in two medical units
    Scopy: Move to another place, except for emergencies
  • Saint-Eustache Hospital
    1 of 2 Ultrasound rooms of the heart
    1 of 7 operating rooms
    3 out of 12 intensive care beds
  • Rivière Rouge Hospital
    2 intensive care beds
    night medical imaging
  • Mont Laurier Hospital
    From 10 to 14 out of 42 beds in the medical unit
    3 cribs
    Mammogram (except in emergencies)


  • Charles Le Moines Hospital (Longwill)
    3 out of 10 operating rooms
    30 beds
  • Haut-Richelieu Hospital (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
    38 beds
  • Suroît Hospital (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield)
    1 out of 4 operating rooms

CISSSs did not respond to register :

  • national capital
  • Bas Saint Laurent (refused)
  • Abitibi-Temiscamingue

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