(Granby) The Optilab project in the region, is to centralize most laboratory in Sherbrooke, sow more than ever the concern in the physician workforce. Of employee transfers to the central establishment and dozens of job losses are apprehended by the alliance of professional and technical personnel of the Health and Social Services (APTS). The union also believes that patients will suffer because of the efficiency of sample processing.
Eight laboratories territory of University Centre Integrated health and social services (CIUSSS) Estrie will be affected by the Optilab project, which is to take effect in 2019. Only the priority analyzes, including from the emergency and intensive care will be maintained locally. On their own, the Centre hospitalier de Granby (CHG) and the establishment Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins (BMP) Cowansville lose nearly 60% of their overall analysis. A situation denounced by the APTS members.
Isabelle Mantha, medical technologist at CHG for 16 years, gave Wednesday portrait of the situation. “We made the first steps announced in December 2012. Since then, it’s as if we always have a sword of Damocles over the head. Our concern dates back each time there is an announcement, she said. When we are told that it will remain 38% [Analysis] in Granby and 100% equals 50 technologists, the rule of three is easy. One may think that it will remain 17-18 technologists. “Moreover, the Estrie CIUSSS leaders had just to review the project Optilab before meeting with the media Wednesday.
The fact that the specimens proceed along dozens of kilometers to the laboratory of Fleurimont, a hundred kilometers in the case of CHG, including leaves presage many errors and breakage of samples, for its part, argues Emmanuel Breton, leader Regional for the APTS.
Concerns about the ineffectiveness of Optilab were also raised by staff of the central institution affiliated to the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), the laboratory technician Carine Bergeron was made the spokesman. “We do not know what happens. We see volumes increase for now. We do more with less. We are not replaced. It causes delays which impact directly on the patient, she lamented, adding that the staff is already “overloaded”. There already has samples that are lost and Optilab not started yet. ”
The reorganization of laboratories and centralized computer system also bring their share of problems, said Mr. Breton. “Right now, the facilities do not talk [between laboratories]. A medical technologist may look in a patient’s file to check the disease history, has he exemplified. If it is in Granby, she can see the data Cowansville, but not those of Sherbrooke [or elsewhere in the territory]. It will take the implementation of a new system. ”
Loss of expertise
Dr. Jean Joly, a microbiologist at CHG, also supported the protest movement APTS concerning the centralization of laboratory analyzes in Sherbrooke “to the detriment” of the regional hospitals. “In a field such as microbiology, an important analysis is to look at the specimen directly. If you look only urgent specimens, you lose the expertise and you have more difficulty interpreting them, “he argues.
Dr. Joly also raised the lack of transparency CIUSSS of the Eastern Townships in the case so far. “One of the worrying aspects is that speaks to invest in Sherbrooke to develop laboratories and disinvestment here. Despite repeated requests, no one has provided cost analysis, “proclaimed a health specialist.