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The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, during the review of parliamentary work in December. (Archive photo)

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The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, affirms that the situation “will continue to be difficult in emergencies in Quebec”, where the number of visits has increased by 10% compared to the same period last year. ;last year.

During a press briefing taking stock of the situation in emergencies over the last 14 days, the minister Dubé also showed concern about the age of patients who present to the emergency room and their greater vulnerability.

We went from 9,000 to 10,000 emergency room visits per day on average in the last 14 days, so we have 1,000 more visits per day than we had at the same period last year. And of this 10,000, there are 1,600 who are over 75 years old, which represents an additional difficulty of cases, because people are more vulnerable, he explained.

The minister said he would like to reduce the emergency attendance rate for so-called P4 or P5 patients, that is to say those who could be treated elsewhere. This would allow P1 or P2 cases, those which are priority, to be treated more quickly and efficiently by healthcare staff.

The Minister of Santé also noted that there are almost twice as many patients who end up in the emergency room due to respiratory viruses.

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At this time last year, there were 1,000 people going to the emergencies for respiratory viruses. For the last 14-day period, there were 1,900 for different respiratory viruses other than COVID-19, such as influenza, underlines Mr. Dubé.

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