If you’ve never worked in a medical lab, it’s hard to imagine the alarming circumstances into which graduate medical lab technicians and medical technologists were plunged during the first wave of COVID-19. And the situation only got more dramatic with the second wave.
This summer, the resurgence of the battle against racism in the United States is generating questions and discussion in Québec society. One thing clearly emerges from the debate: if we’re going to fight systemic racism,1 we first have to acknowledge that it exists. We asked two APTS delegates from Montréal’s Black community to share their views and experiences and tell us what they think might help, as potential solutions.
On May 26, the APTS gave a moving presentation at the public hearings held by the special commission on children’s rights and youth protection.1 To mark the occasion, we decided to highlight youth protection workers and the challenges they face. We spoke to Natacha Pelchat, a youth worker at a rehabilitation centre and the APTS provincial representative in Laval.
Just as the austerity period is about to end, the MSSS seems be discovering the magnitude of labour shortages in public health and social services. Revelation! Maybe the health ministry will also see the relevance of the unions’ proposals.
If a class action suit is given the go-ahead, integrated health and social service centres will have to defend themselves in court for exposing nursing home residents to deteriorating conditions and a form of maltreatment resulting from personnel’s work overload and exhaustion.