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One ​​of the deceased patients waited 12 hours, although he was supposed to see a doctor within 30 minutes.

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Two patients died in the emergency room from the Anna-Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay, without having been able to see a doctor, on November 29 and 30. One of these patients waited 12 hours, even though he was supposed to see a doctor within 30 minutes. Hospital officials and the coroner have launched an investigation.

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, went to this hospital on Sunday.

It is completely unacceptable that we are experiencing these situations in our emergencies in Quebec, he declared to the media on Tuesday, specifying that he could not say more, given that this matter is the subject of an investigation.

Employees and emergency doctors, who admit to having never seen such a situation in this hospital center, are calling for help. They say they are exhausted by the overload of work.

In an interview with ICI RDI, the president of the Association of Emergency Medicine Specialists of Quebec , Dr. Gilbert Boucher, painted a bleak picture of the situation.

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Being at 150, 200% [of occupancy rate on stretcher] for two or three days, we learned to live with that, but we also know that when it has lasted two, four and six weeks, it 'that's where there are errors, that's where disastrous things happen for patients.

A quote from Dr. Gilbert Boucher, president of the Association of Emergency Medicine Specialists of Quebec

The Anna-Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay is one of the busiest hospital centers and its stretcher occupancy rate, which reaches 184%, is one of the highest.

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Table of emergency occupancy rate in Châteauguay.

Dr Boucher did not fail to criticize the repatriation of decision-making bodies to the Ministry [of Health].

We, the people on the ground, were pushed aside. […] Progress has diminished.

A quote from Dr. Gilbert Boucher, president of the Association of Emergency Medicine Specialists of Quebec

Minister Dubé announced Tuesday afternoon the opening of 200 additional beds in CHSLDs and intermediate resources. It also aims, in the medium term, to open 300 other beds to relieve pressure, particularly in Greater Montreal.

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