Quebec to open clinics led by nurse practitioners to ease Montreal’s ER crisis |

The Quebec government is rolling out a series of short-term measures to curb overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms in Montreal, the province’s health minister announced Tuesday. Health Minister Christian Dubé said the newly created crisis management team to address the ongoing issue is composed of about 20 people, including emergency room doctors and nurses. They … Read more

More than 8 in 10 people facing financial anxiety in Quebec, survey finds |

Quebecers are feeling the pinch and the vast majority experience financial anxiety at levels that vary from mild to extreme, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted by Leger for Centraide of Greater Montreal, found 85 per cent of respondents reported feeling economic stress. However, the results show that kind of anxiety … Read more

Quebec sets up crisis management team as Montreal hospital ERs face overcrowding |

The Quebec government is creating crisis management team to manage extreme overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms in Montreal. Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement Wednesday at the provincial legislature, saying the current situation is “unacceptable.” The team will include the CEOs of local health authorities across the city. “I won’t tell you the additional … Read more

Soaring RSV rates in parts of Quebec lead national cases, strain hospital staff |

Soaring cases of respiratory syncytial virus in Quebec have pushed the positivity rate to 15 per cent in Montreal and Quebec City. Weekly provincial surveillance data show positivity rates of the childhood illness hover near 14 per cent provincewide, with slightly higher rates in the two cities and wide variation among smaller communities. It’s several … Read more

Family of woman found dead on Lakeshore ER floor asks Quebec coroner to reopen investigation |

The family of an 86-year-old woman who was found dead on the floor of a Montreal-area emergency room last year is calling for a new investigation into the circumstances of her death following the release of a coroner’s report. Emmanuel Macarine and his sister Gilda told a news conference Tuesday a new investigation is needed … Read more

Quebec election: What are the five main parties promising ahead of Oct. 3 vote? |

The Quebec election is on Oct. 3, and for the first time, five parties have a chance of winning at least one seat in the 125-seat legislature. Here is where the parties stand on some major themes. Economy and cost of living The Coalition Avenir Québec is promising to cut income taxes by a total … Read more

Quebec election: sparks fly in leaders’ debate over COVID-19 measures, environment |

Quebec party leaders faced off for the second and last time in a French-language debate Thursday night, with François Legault on the defensive against his opponents ahead of the Oct. 3 election. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), led by Legault, still has a solid lead in the polls as voting day looms. The other four … Read more

Ex-employee at COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Quebec City faces charges tied to fake vaccine passports |

Quebec’s anti-corruption squad says a former employee who worked for a regional health authority has been charged in connection with an ongoing investigation into fake COVID-19 vaccine passports in the province. The Commissaire à la lutte contre la corruption (UPAC) reports that Carolane Fournier is accused of several charges, including breach of trust, the production of … Read more

CAQ seeks small wins with promises for improving health care in Quebec |

Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault is playing the short game with his party’s election heath-care promises. On Day 5 of the election campaign, Legault is promising an additional $400 million to recruit 660 doctors and 5,000 health professionals. He made the announcement today in Trois-Rivières, Que., alongside several candidates including outgoing Health Minister Christian Dubé, … Read more

4 seniors dead after Strep A outbreak at Montreal care homes |

Four people have died after a Streptococcus A outbreak at two private seniors residences in Montreal’s west end, where health authorities are also investigating unrelated allegations of negligence and mistreatment of elderly residents. According to regional health officials from the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile-de-Montreal, six cases of the infection have been confirmed including the four fatal … Read more