Francois Gendron describes as the “petite policy” the decision of the minister Gaétan Barrette in the folder magnetic resonance imaging. He accuses her of ignoring its own regional forum and ask him instead of listening to the competent authorities, who recommend fixing the unit to Amos.
The member of parliament for Abitibi-Ouest has met with the regional media on this topic in the company of the mayor Sébastien D’astous, Wednesday morning, Amos. The integrated Centre of health and social services in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CISSS) had announced its volte-face in this file. The minister has not given its approval to the project, which, however, is unanimously accepted, the board of directors of 21 September.
I am very disappointed this morning to this turnaround, and I sum the minister Barrette to go back on its decision and to follow the recommendations of the clinical study
François Gendron claims to have received an end of inadmissibility quite clear from the minister during a brief meeting with him last week. “He told me that he does not belong to the CISSS, or its board of directors, and even less to its president to make this type of decision. However, I know how it works. These people have all been appointed by the minister himself. Our CISSS had confirmed his mandate to the sub-minister”, he argued, rejecting the blame on the regional minister Luc Blanchette, who would not, according to him, the model of regional development in health which has yet been proven.
Replace and fix
Gold, reminiscent of François Gendron, the decision of the CISSS was based on a clinical analysis of the organisation of services of MRI in the region. “Health professionals, including the director of professional services Amy Light, had signed the main findings of this executive summary where it said essentially this: the current device is old and outdated. Its useful life is completed (the CISSS speaks of an end-of-life-in-2019)”, a-t-it summary.
Always relying on this document produced in June, in which he presented a copy to the media, the member of parliament has recalled the importance of setting the MRI. The number of examinations requested less than 25 % of what could be observed in the region could be attributed to the fact that medical specialists have less confidence in the mobile device.
Citing the document, Mr. Gendron reiterated that “the analysis of the organization of the services in magnetic resonance imaging has led to the conclusion – and this is not me who says it, it is their report, not mine – without any doubt, that the implementation of a fixed equipment to Amos, is the most logical solution given the main frame, it is called the presence of the clinic musculo-skeletal”, he said, stating that it was a project valued at approximately $6 Million.
Disappointment to Amos
The mayor Of’astous has he expressed his concerns and disappointment in the face of this reversal, especially as it is contrary to the clinical findings of the professionals. Set the MRI was to increase the number of examinations and to secure this device in the end-of-life. “Transporting it from one city to another is not desirable for this state of the art equipment”, he noted.
Then, he recalled that the City was committed to 280 000 $ in 10 years with the hospital Foundation to establish the MRI to Amos. “It was a center of traumatology and orthopedics here, and this device is essential to maintain our physicians and our expertise in we. You are defending the regional model as other elected officers of the region, a proven model that works well,” he insisted.
The hospital Foundation extremely disappointed
On the side of the hospital Foundation of Amos, it was also said that he was particularly disappointed with the turn of events. The director Jean McGuire recalled that for several years, all of the stakeholders of the region supported the implementation of a MRI scanner to Amos.
Since last year, the Foundation also collected donations and pledges totaling $ 436 $ 900 for this project. “This turnaround is highly disappointing for those of us who have put a lot of energy to support this project,” said the one who has served 22 years on the board of directors of the hospital of Amos, of which the last 10 to the presidency, before the creation of the CISSS.