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Nurses refuse to work at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, emergency closes

Pushed to the limit by compulsory overtime (TSO), nurses on the evening shift at the emergency room of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in Montreal demonstrated their refusal to work by holding a sit-in in front of the establishment on Monday evening, closing the emergency room to the general public.

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Referring to an “exceptional situation” without saying a word about the nurses’ refusal to work, the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal asked the population to avoid the emergency room for the night until at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“Patients currently in the emergency room and unstable patients arriving by ambulance will remain admitted to ensure safety. Outpatients will not be able to be taken care of tonight. The other ambulances will be redirected during the closing period to other establishments in the greater Montreal area,” the organization detailed.

LAST HOUR – Sit-in nurses at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in Montreal, the hospital center asks the population to avoid its emergency from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Only unstable patients arriving by ambulance will be admitted. @tvanouvelles pic.twitter.com/vPGo4YbYAu

— Kevin Crane-Desmarais (@KCrane23) January 17, 2023

During the passage of TVA Nouvelles in the evening, many patients lined up near the ambulances.

It is mainly because of the contingency plan that was put in place for the evening by the managers that the nurses refuse to work.

A hundred nurses from this hospital had also sent an ultimatum to their employer last Friday, complaining among other things about the compulsory overtime (TSO) imposed on them.

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“The management party, following our disclosures of TSO which was unacceptable, offered us a contingency plan which puts us in overload and leaves the patients in danger, so we refuse [de travailler], said emergency room nurse Annie Fournier. We don’t want to have the dead on our conscience.”

The majority of nurses at the hospital are still threatening to quit en masse if no action is taken by their bosses.

The departure of a manager is also required, the head of the emergency unit, with whom they complain of a toxic climate.

“For months, we have been trying to divide us in order to conquer and tonight, I really feel the solidarity,” shared another nurse in the emergency room, Mélanie Young.

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday between the CIUSSS and the nurses to take stock.

An untenable situation

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christiant Dubé, confirmed that he had met with the CEO of the CIUSSS to discuss the situation with the nurses.

“The emergency situation at HMR is currently untenable, I am aware of that,” one can read on his Twitter account.

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I met the CEO of the CIUSSS this evening who had discussions with the nurses. The emergency situation at HMR is currently untenable, I am aware of that. pic.twitter.com/wm05FOAsjL

— Christian Dubé (@cdube_sante) January 17, 2023

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