Noting that the government’s plan to bring back thousands of healthcare professionals to the public health network has not had the expected outcome, the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec is taking action to make it imperative that managers in the health network stop using mandatory overtime as a way of managing.
Putting an end to repeated hostage situations
The nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists refuse to be perpetual hostages of their work. Over the next few days, the FIQ, and all the affiliated unions, will roll out a vast action plan and a mobilization campaign with the theme, MOT is a death sentence for healthcare professions.
“MOT is a death sentence for healthcare professions. It is the weapon that destroys all recruitment efforts, jeopardizes the implementation of safe ratios in the network, causes early departures, causes work stoppages due to exhaustion and puts patient safety at risk. Worse, by keeping healthcare professionals prisoners of their work, MOT seriously impacts their personal and family life. We can no longer tolerate this as a society, and we are determined to force the government and all stakeholders involved to put an end to it permanently.”Patrick Guay, Vice-President, Labour Relations Sector
The professional orders, Direction nationale des soins et services infirmiers and institutions’ President-Executive-Directors (PED) in the crosshairs
The first step in this plan will be to put pressure on the professional orders and the Direction nationale des soins infirmiers (DNSSI) to take a stronger stand on the urgency of ending this unsafe practice for patients.
“We will be putting the professional orders and DNSI on notice in the next few days. They must be compelled to play their role in protecting the public and their members, as well as ensuring that the care and services they provide are provided according to norms and standards, in accordance with their legal obligations. After 16 consecutive hours of work on adrenaline, no one can claim to provide quality care and services. The message is also intended for network managers who do not need to wait for a directive to use common sense”, said Patrick Guay.