Deterioration of care: an idea that comes too late in Estrie

Deterioration of care: an idea that arrives too late in Estrie


The intentions of Quebec, which said it was ready on Tuesday to accept a deterioration in the quality of care in hospitals due to COVID-19, come too late in the eyes of public health in the 'Estrie. 

“It is surprising that such a plan, even if we do not know all the details, comes at the end of a fifth wave, when we had no choice, in the context of a pandemic, of overload and lack of resources, to already review the minimum quality of care,” said the head of the department of general medicine at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Benoit Heppell.

Dr. Heppell It is also surprising to learn that certain measures envisaged by the government have already been proposed several months ago.

“There are several of these things that have already been discussed on the dry floor and that would have provided grist for the mill not only during the fifth wave, but for 22 months,” he remarked. /p>

The College of Physicians will also have to come out of its silence, according to Dr. Heppell.

“Of course there are medico-legal issues in reducing the quality of care expected and never, since the start of the pandemic, have I heard regulatory bodies, including the College of Physicians, comment on this.”

In the meantime, other doctors say they are ready to compromise on how to manage COVID-19 in their care units, but not on the quality of care they offer their patients.

This is the case of a pulmonologist and intensivist at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Yannick Poulin.

“One day, we are going to have to live and learn to live with COVID like a disease that will be relatively frequent in winter, like other viruses. But not from there to give sub-optimal care to our patients, despite the mess in the hospital. Everyone who treats patients treats them as they did before and as they will after, to the best of their ability,” he said.


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