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$909,000 for endoscopy unit expansion

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette was at the CAP in Shawville last Tuesday to announce a $909,000 investment to expand the endoscopy unit at the Shawville Hospital. During his announcement, protesters from the union representing local support staff at the hospital picketed outside, decrying chronic understaffing across the provincial healthcare system.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE Feb. 27, 2018
On Feb. 27, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette was at the CAP in Shawville to announce a $909,000 investment to expand the endoscopy unit at the Shawville Hospital.
Accompanied by Pontiac MNA and Minister of Transport André Fortin, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) CEO Jean Hébert and a contingent of security, Barrette explained that they will expand the hospital's capacity to screen patients for a host of diseases.
Endoscopes are tubular cameras that can be inserted into a hollow organ or cavity in the body to look for abnormalities. It is a key tool in screening for cancers of the digestive system, Fortin emphasized, which means that it is a tool in high demand.
“We've started to offer endoscopies to patients from Aylmer, who want their treatment faster. We have some of the best and most dedicated doctors, I say this truly, in the field,” he said. “We've got a local population that's very aware of the importance of prevention and getting the procedure done early.”

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