MONTRÉAL, April 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The nursing and cardio-respiratory healthcare professionals at the Jewish General Hospital participated in a demonstration with the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS) to indicate their disappointment with the government's refusal to grant a permit for a Centre de la petite enfance (CPE) at the hospital.
Despite requests made in 2012 and 2013 for a permit, the administration of the Jewish General Hospital has been refused by the government. And at no time, have the reasons justifying this decision been explained while these CPE projects would provide daycare services that would meet the needs of all the employees in the institution and the population in the community surrounding the hospital. "These systematic refusals are difficult for the healthcare professionals working at the Jewish General Hospital to understand. Their schedules are atypical and a daycare in the work setting would allow them to more easily balance work and family life, we are very disappointed", explained Stavros Birbatakos, President of the SMBD Jewish General Hospital section of the United Healthcare Professionals (UHCP).
Remember that nearly two-thirds of the 5,000 employees of the Jewish General Hospital are between the age of 20 and 40, and these employees are of an age to have children or have already started a family and also remember that the majority of healthcare professionals are women. The creation of a CPE is not only justified, but constitutes a condition that would greatly promote well-being at work.
About the UHCP
The United Healthcare Professionals (UHCP) is a regional union affiliated to the FIQ that represents more than 7,806 members, nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and perfusionists spread out in 30 institutions.
About the FIQ
The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec – FIQ represents more than 62,000 members, the vast majority of the nursing and cardio-respiratory healthcare professionals working in the Québec public institutions.
SOURCE: Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec - FIQ
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