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Shortage of health workers: bonuses will not change anything, judges a union

Shortage of health workers: bonuses will not change anything, judges a union
Shortage of health workers: bonuses will not change anything, judges a union

Premiums of $ 15,000 – or more in the regions – offered to nurses to bring them back to the public health network will not solve the workforce problem, concludes the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN).

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To achieve this, the FSSS-CSN surveyed more than 4,200 members at the beginning of the month, asking them how “it would be possible to improve their physical and psychological health at work to better fight against the lack of personnel”.

The probe revealed that only 24% of union members believe that the bonuses offered by the government will encourage them to stay in their jobs or return to the network.

On the other hand, other avenues could be favored, such as permanent salary increases (73%) or a decrease in the workload (63%), shows the survey.

Other problems such as the lack of manpower, the lack of autonomy and the difficult work-family balance are also among the main issues to be resolved in order to keep health workers in the network, according to members of the network. FSSS-CSN.

“What workers are telling the government is that if it is serious about addressing the understaffing, it has to take a different direction. They have been at the front for more than a year and a half in the face of the pandemic and are at their wit’s end. We must urgently work to reduce the workload and better recognize the contribution of all staff, ”commented on Wednesday Jeff Begley, president of the FSSS-CSN, in a press release.

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