It will soon be a year that nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists, FIQ and FIQP members, will have been on the front line providing the Quebec population with the care it needs to protect from the effects of the pandemic, effects that will continue for several months more. One year of fighting to be able to offer safe, quality care. One year of weathering the repercussions of forced labour and deficient protective measures, at the expense of their physical and mental health and personal lives.
In this unprecedented year, it is easy to imagine and understand the reaction of many healthcare professionals that after 12 months of crisis, they will have to pay to maintain their license for the “right” to continue practicing in these conditions.
Healthcare professionals, who Premier François Legault repeatedly refers to as heroes and guardian angels, fully deserve for the Quebec government to show them recognition with a concrete gesture. Covering the membership cost for their professional order or association this year would be a good start.
An exceptional year requires an exceptional gesture. In the end, actions speak louder than words.