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Fortin calls for healthcare committee to witness Outaouais staffing crisis firsthand

by K.C. Jordan
Quebec City
May 21, 2024
Pontiac MNA André Fortin, also health critic for the official opposition, is calling for members of the province’s health and social services commission to visit the Outaouais so they can see for themselves what, in a May 13 press release, he called a “catastrophic” staffing situation.
“The healthcare system is no longer sustainable. Some of our hospitals are dysfunctional, and patient lives will be put in danger over the summer period if something is not done,” Fortin told THE EQUITY Monday, referring to the growing crisis caused by significant labour shortage across the region’s healthcare network.
Fortin said the situation is dire, noting, as an example, how in some regions of Quebec, the wait time for a mammogram is as little as three weeks, while in the Outaouais, the wait time is over a year.
Fortin is not the only one sounding the alarm.
Last month, high-ranking doctors from . . .

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