Certain non-urgent surgeries and appointments could be postponed due to the Common Front and FIQ strikes next week, warns the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). Quebec says it has set up a coordination unit to ensure the smooth running of activities in health establishments during the walkouts.
The MSSS assures that a “large part” of the activities of health establishments will be maintained during strikes. Emergency and intensive care services will operate “as normal” and essential services will be provided in social services, “particularly in youth protection and mental health, as well as in all facilities offering “accommodation and care for seniors and those with special needs,” we add.
The strike will nevertheless lead to a temporary slowdown in certain activities, which could lead to the cancellation of appointments or elective surgeries, indicates the government. The planned vaccinations will, however, be maintained since they were planned “based on the staff available during the strike”.
The MSSS says it is working with the network and “in collaboration with union organizations” to “mitigate the effects of the strike and offer safe care and services.”
The Common Front will hold a one-day strike on November 6, while the FIQ will walk out on November 8 and 9.
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