Medical imaging and nuclear medicine technologists participated in the sit-in on Wednesday.
Technologists in medical imaging and nuclear medicine from the CISSS de la Montérégie-Est mobilized at the Pierre-Boucher hospital on September 8, at lunchtime, to demand better recognition from the government as well as as concrete actions to reduce waiting lists and improve the attraction and retention of the workforce.
It was one of the many sit-in legal provisions everywhere in Quebec.
“Employees in the field of medical imaging are overwhelmed with work overload and are exhausted, denounces Joël Bélanger, national representative of the Alliance of Professional and Technical Person in Health and Social Services (APTS). Since the start of the pandemic, the government has not given them the same consideration as their colleagues who work alongside them, in the same departments and on the same floors. “
The government “always finds the money when it comes to offering lucrative contracts to the private sector. But when it comes to improving public services in order to offer quality care to the population, he has no money left, ”he laments.
The APTS recalls that the Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé authorized establishments to use private clinics in order to reduce their waiting lists at the beginning of the year.
According to the Union, the shortage of personnel in the examination rooms of the public network means that nothing has changed.
“The solution is simple: attracting and retaining personnel involves the promotion and recognition of professions, in particular with financial incentives,” recalls Mr. Bélanger. It is high time that the contribution of medical imaging to the health system be recognized for its true value. ”
The APTS represents more than 5,300 medical imaging and nuclear medicine technologists, nearly 200 of whom work in Montérégie-Est. (A.D.)