February 18, 2018 5:34 pm
Updated: February 18, 2018 8:32 pm

Angry Quebec nurses push for lower patient ratios and less overtime

WATCH ABOVE: The head of a Quebec nurses' union says the union will press for a new law to limit nurse-to-patient ratios when they meet the health minister on Tuesday.

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The head of a Quebec nurses’ union says the provincial government will be in for a fight if it doesn’t commit to improve nurses’ working conditions.

Nancy Bedard says the union will press for a new law to limit nurse-to-patient ratios when they meet the health minister on Tuesday.

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Health-care workers have been speaking out in recent weeks, saying they’re burned out, exhausted and angry.

Many say they are forced to work mandatory overtime shifts and are too understaffed to properly care for patients.

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Bedard said the problem has been going on for years but has been made much worse by austerity measures brought in by the province in 2015.

Health Minister Gaetan Barrette has promised to work with nurses to resolve their concerns.

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