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The Union of West Island Health Care Professionals (SPSSSODIM) fears a break in service and asks the population not to come to the Emergency Room of the Lakeshore Hospital in Pointe-Claire.
President of the Union, Johanne Riendeau, stated in a press release: "We have an occupancy rate that exceeds 150%, and we are missing at least half of the nurses on several shifts, thus missing 4.5 or 6 nurses per shift."
"It is no longer possible for us to ensure safe, quality care for the population normally served by our institution," she added.
The Union says the lack of manpower makes the situation "untenable" for hospital staff.
"Our members are exhausted, they are at the end of their rope, and despite the efforts made on both sides, we have to admit that it is not enough and that we have no other choice but to ask for the collaboration of the population," says Ms. Riendeau.
The professionals say they are apprehensive about the summer season and are asking the government for incentives to obtain safe ratios and thus succeed in getting through the summer without service disruptions.