CSN goes to war against the Optilab project. The representatives of the trade union central regions of Côte-Nord and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean made the symbolic journey of a laboratory specimen by visiting the North Shore to hold a press conference in addition to that given to the central Council of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on Thursday morning.
Optilab aims to centralize 70% of laboratory examinations James Bay, the North Shore and five hospitals in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on the website of the Chicoutimi hospital, in order to remove 37 full-time positions in the regional network.
“The number of positions is included in the 135 full time equivalent positions announced by CIUSSS the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. But we are cautious because they are advertisements and it will see the results, “initially emphasized time Nancy Poulin, spokesman for the Union of technician-nes and professional-es of health and social services in the region.
This project has chained the national vice president of the union affiliated with the CSN, is not without raising concerns about the quality of services offered to the population. Unionized recall that as recently as 2014, the president of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec at the time, the radiologist Gaétan Barrette, doubted the feasibility of such a project. “Alberta is working on setting up a similar project and they have a timetable set in 2030,” says Melissa Gaouette.
“We really feel that this is a government project of the Treasury Board and not the department. A ministry expert panel established that laboratory specimens should ideally be analyzed within two hours after collection. It’ll take more than two hours between Baie-Comeau and Chicoutimi. This is a project that will generate a lot of computer systems to secure contracts between regions and it will be interesting for companies in this sector, “said Melissa Gaouette.
The first experiments conducted in the Montreal area, where there are no problems of distance or the same winter road conditions as the large area consisting of the region of Chibougamau and the North Shore, are already out significant problems. Specimens have been lost and in some cases, technical problems have resulted in the thawing began some specimens for laboratory analysis before.
“It will represent the cost to borrow exams. When a person is hospitalized and that must send a specimen to 750 kilometers away by road, the person will have to wait longer and remain hospitalized. This will be even more important if there is a problem in transportation. Only today there are eight points of dam work, “continues Melissa Gaouette.
Regional spokesman of the union, Nancy Poulin, is delighted to see that the political environment follows the lead unions in this attempt to counter the government. It notes in fact that since the beginning of the establishment of CIUSSS the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, there is a significant centralization of movement Chicoutimi Hospital. It thus includes the reaction of elected Lac-Saint-Jean who denounce this centralization will have economic impacts for the environment and the quality of services for citizens.
The president of the Central Council of the CSN Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Engelbert Cottenoir, addressed the entire problem of the root canal which is amplified by government decisions in the health system guided only by austerity policies. In addition to the reduction in the quality and access to services, these measures, as President Cottenoir, result in the loss of good jobs in local networks, including executive jobs.
This is, according to Engelbert Cottenoir, the continued disintegration of the regions that see the jobs related to public services brought in major centers. In this case, they are devitalized MRC upper Lac-Saint-Jean who lose out in Saguenay with the centralization of some services and the management of the regional health network, concluded Engelbert Cottenoir.