Quebec promises nurses more jobs, no more mandatory overtime

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(Presse Canadienne) — Health Minister Danielle McCann is assuring nurses that mandatory overtime will be abolished and more full-time jobs will be created under the new Coalition Avenir Québec government.

“I intend to very quickly to assess your workload,” McCann said Tuesday in a speech to the 2,700 members of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec, which is holding a convention in Montreal.

“I am extremely concerned by the increase in the number of sick leaves and work-related cases of stress experienced by many of you. This must stop.”

Burn out, mandatory overtime, nurse-to-patient ratios, absenteeism — all have made headlines under previous governments.

McCann said she wanted to ‘”restore a quality of life” for nurses, whose complaints extend beyond being forced to work overtime, to a lack of rewarding, full-time positions and professional independence. (…)

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