QUÉBEC | The largest trade union of health and social services requests the government to enhance protection measures in NURSING homes at the same level as the intensive care units of hospitals.
While six NURSING homes in the province accounted for more than half of the deaths of the COVID-19 in Quebec, the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN) deplores the fact that the protection equipment are not “at the height of the gravity of the situation”.
AT the CHSLD de Sainte-Dorothée, Laval, where 16 residents died from the COVID-19, and 115 people had contracted the virus, no mask N95 is distributed to the staff, but only masks procedure, less efficient, said Friday the union, by issuing a press release.
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“We know that deaths related to the COVID takes place mainly in NURSING homes, at home and in private residences for seniors, where the urgency of enhancing the protection measures in these three sectors”, a-t-write.
In addition, the FSSS-CSN asks that we forward the data of health care workers infected with mission and job title to find out the proportion of staff infected in the NURSING homes, the government has refused to do up here.
“Despite our numerous requests to this effect, we still don’t have this crucial information to defend the staff,” said the FSSS-CSN.
The union also reiterates its request for a bonus of $ 3 per hour be paid to all staff of the health network rather than the premiums of 4 % and 8 % which are granted now, and are considered “inadequate” and “unfair”.