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Prefects meet with Dubé, urge action on healthcare

Province looking into bonuses for imaging technicians in rural hospitals, Toller says

Wardens from the Outaouais’ four MRCs and the mayor of Gatineau traveled to Quebec City to meet with Minister of Health Christian Dubé on Thursday to urge immediate action to address dire staffing shortages in the region’s healthcare network and prevent breaks in critical services.
In particular, the group expressed the necessity that the recently introduced $22,000 salary bonus for digital imaging technician positions in Hull and Gatineau hospitals be extended to rural hospitals in the Outaouais so that these hospitals don’t lose their few technicians to now higher-paying positions in the region’s urban hospitals.
“We needed him to know that the bonus going just to Hull or Gatineau would have a devastating effect on Shawville, Papineau and Maniwaki,” MRC Pontiac warden Jane Toller told THE EQUITY following the meeting.
“I was just told by a few employees that if something wasn’t done immediately about the [bonuses], just almost on principle, they would be leaving. They didn’t tell me where,” she said.
Since the bonus was created to draw technicians to vacant positions in . . .

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