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Benoit Lauzon, Warden of the MRC Papineau, Jane Toller, Warden of the MRC Pontiac, Marc Carrière, Warden of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, Chantal Lamarche, Warden of the MRC Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, and Maude Marquis-Bissonnette, mayor-elect of Gatineau, have joined forces to demand that the Quebec government offer fair and equitable bonuses to all medical imaging technologists in the Outaouais region.

On June 12, the Minister of Health announced that the financial incentives offered to medical imaging technologists at the Hull and Gatineau hospitals would also be extended to the Maniwaki and Papineau hospitals. The amount will be $22,000 for staff at the Hull, Gatineau and Papineau hospitals, and $18,000 for staff at the Maniwaki hospital. Medical imaging technologists at Shawville Hospital and Wakefield Memorial Hospital are still not eligible for this bonus, since, according to the Health department, the situation at these two hospitals is not currently as critical. In this sense, network establishments offering a medical imaging service attached to a hospital in the region should also be eligible and be able to benefit from this measure (e.g.: CLSC Petite-Nation emergency service).

The Outaouais MRCs, along with the City of Gatineau, reiterate that it is imperative to have a regional and equitable solution that includes all hospitals in the Outaouais region.

For several years now, the Outaouais region has faced unique recruitment challenges in the healthcare field, particularly with its proximity to Ontario, which offers better salaries and working conditions for network employees. We met with the ministers concerned last week and conveyed a common message that we need a fair regional solution that includes all our communities, so as not to create further disparities,” explains Benoit Lauzon, Warden of the MRC Papineau. “By excluding medical imaging technologists at the Wakefield and Shawville hospitals and at the Petite-Nation CLSC from the bonuses offered, we fear that the government is simply shifting the problem to an already fragile system.

The Quebec government says it will monitor the impact on services of not granting bonuses to medical imaging technologists at the Shawville and Wakefield hospitals. We know what the impact will be! This puts the two rural, bilingual hospitals in the extremely precarious position of losing the few medical imaging technologists who dedicate themselves every day to providing this service to our population,” says Jane Toller, Warden of the MRC Pontiac.

The exodus that the government is trying to prevent by offering a bonus in certain Outaouais hospitals will happen in Shawville and Wakefield! Right from the start, we told the Ministry of Health that we needed a regional solution to maintain the attractiveness of the profession in the Outaouais. Now, in addition to competing with Ontario, the Wakefield and Shawville hospitals face competition from other hospitals in our region,” adds Marc Carrière, Warden of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.

I have mixed feelings following the announcement confirming the sums that will only be allocated to the Maniwaki and Papineau hospitals. I’m pleased with the progress made, but disappointed by the lack of recognition for our professionals. Right now, there’s still work to be done to ensure fairness and equity for all medical imaging technologists throughout the Outaouais region. My message remains the same: this bonus must be awarded to all Outaouais technologists. This action could also be a key lever for recruiting workers in rural MRCs,” asserts Chantal Lamarche, Warden of the MRC Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.

I join the Wardens in calling for fair and equitable distribution of bonuses to medical imaging technologists across the region. Their request is essential to ensure that every community, whether urban or rural, can offer quality healthcare services. By neglecting certain establishments, we risk compromising the quality of services offered to all our citizens. The government must adopt an approach that benefits the entire Outaouais region,” concludes Maude Marquis-Bissonnette, Mayor-elect of Gatineau.

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