Speech therapists in screening centers

Speech therapists in screening centers

Due to a ministerial decree adopted in the spring, the health network can deploy certain resources in COVID-19 screening centers.

This is particularly the case for speech therapists, audiologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists.

Of course, this is to the detriment of their usual tasks.

A father from Matane, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, denounces that his 7-year-old daughter, who requires urgent treatment, cannot access the services of his speech therapist.

Pierre-Mathieu Desjardins learned that she could not meet patients since she is requisitioned in a screening center for the moment.

“They do not even know when the service will resume because the speech therapist who is currently on duty is assigned to COVID tests,” he told TVA Nouvelles Thursday.

The MP for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé, cannot believe that children are seeing this essential service cut off, especially since the region is already struggling with a shortage of speech therapists.

“Their priority is clearly to take care of the children,” said Mr. Bérubé.

The member is also concerned that these resources are already requisitioned. “If we have gone to use speech therapists for COVID tests, it is because other resources have been exhausted,” he said.

Pierre-Mathieu Desjardins has no idea when his daughter will be able to resume her treatments with a speech therapist. “I am in total nothingness,” he said.

The Bas-Saint-Laurent Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) did not want to confirm how many resources have been moved to the region's screening centers.

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