Quebec's nurses are in crisis. How did we get here?

Quebec's nurses are in crisis. How did we get here?
Quebec's nurses are in crisis. How did we get here?

We look at what's driving the crisis, and how unions, politicians and even doctors are responding, some of them refusing to take hefty raises while the nurses are suffering. 

Published on: March 1, 2018 | Last Updated: March 1, 2018 2:18 PM EST

The plight of nurses in Quebec, forced to work overtime and extra shifts to make up for a shortage of nurses, has dominated headlines and editorial cartoons for weeks.

Here is a look at what’s driving the crisis, and how unions, politicians and even doctors are responding — some physicians even rejecting hefty raises because the nurses and other health-care workers are suffering. 

Both Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, a radiologist by training, and Premier Philippe Couillard, who is also a doctor, have come under fire because of the crisis. This, just months before the Oct. 1 provincial election. 

The Parti Québécois has seized on the issue, making reduced workloads for nurses a priority in their health-care platform.

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