The Green Party of Quebec implored the Legault government to enhance the nursing profession by offering better working conditions.
Today, Quebec announced the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 since May. We are at the very beginning of a second wave that will most likely be worse than the first.
Despite the predictability of the situation, the Legault government and the new Minister of Health have been slow to correct major problems in the health care system.
Let’s look, for example, at the situation with nurses. Since the beginning of the crisis, nurses have been forced to work overtime, cancel their vacations and take significant risks to their own physical health by working with patients. In addition, they are paid less in Quebec than in most Canadian provinces.
This lack of appreciation of the nursing profession, which has existed for decades, is putting Quebec in an extremely difficult situation. Between mid-March and August, 1700 nurses left their jobs, 500 more compared to the same period the previous year.
Nurses deserve pleasant working conditions and remuneration worthy of their duties. The government needs to revalue this profession not only in the current crisis, but in the long term by implementing structural changes.
If we do not act quickly, people will have to pay the price of austerity with their own health.
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec