The leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly, Sylvain Gaudreault, is concerned about the implementation of Optilab project, which aims to reorganize the laboratories of medical biology, and calls the President and CEO of University Centre Integrated health and social services (CIUSSS) of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Martine Couture, in order to reassure the population.
Member of Parliament for Jonquière has sent the ruling a letter, dated July 7, where he deplores the “difficult flow of information” about the centralization expected sample analyzes of the region, and even the North Shore, the Chicoutimi hospital. Other politicians should send a similar letter to their regional integrated center where Optilab is also planned.
Mr. Gaudreault recognizes the need to improve the organization of laboratories, but feared difficulties with the announced cuts of $ 15 million in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
“No one is closed, but it takes the right approach, he said in a telephone interview. For once, the government has the opportunity not to do this reform on the corner of the table as he did two years ago. It does not have to shake things up, especially in a sector as sensitive as medical analysis, where patients wait an important diagnosis. It’s amazing that from the time that it is in the air, we did not have all the answers. This is unacceptable.”
The interim leader of the Parti Quebecois gave Martine Couture until mid-August, a “reasonable” time to respond to concerns of schedule, guarantees for the safe transportation of samples, risks of privatization of the service the loss of expertise in the region and impact on jobs. He also questioned the distribution of laboratories. “Rather than receive any Chicoutimi, Jonquière could for example be his specialty, Roberval would have another, and so on for everyone. It could be even more effective. ”
CIUSSS of Communications reported that Ms. Couture respond “personally” to the member, but she did not speak to the media. No clear plan has been unveiled, although the technologists’ union denounced the situation for several months. Mayors of Lac-Saint-Jean have also ask for a moratorium. Sylvain Gaudreault is not even repeat the same requirement, but hoped “concrete benefits” to Optilab. MP met with the Alliance of professional and technical personnel of the Health and Social Services (APTS) there two weeks.
“We must take into account the safety of patients,” he says. Recently, samples taken at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu were forgotten during transport in Longueuil and had to be taken, calling further into question the project, even if there was no connection.
Improved Waiting cytology
The wait ten weeks on average in the region to receive a Pap test result, which serves in particular to diagnose cervical cancer, has now increased to eight weeks, which follow departmental requirements.
In March, the alliance of professional and technical staff of Health and Social Services (APTS) denounced representing a delay in the analysis of 4000 samples and the second longest period in the province after the Outaouais . The union was “contradictory” to want to centralize these conditions laboratory tests of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in Chicoutimi for Optilab project.
“At that time, we had a person in sick leave and another on maternity leave. It replaced an employee and other work overtime. It is sure that if we had another substitute, we would be happy, but it’s not easy to find a cytologist “says communications consultant Marc-Antoine Tremblay of the University Centre Integrated health and social services. It ensures that often the tests are completed in 40 working days, while the maximum is 60 ministry, and that all urgent cases are carried out in five days.