A Quebec hospital orderly’s resignation letter has sparked a widespread discussion about the state of health care in the province.
Danika Paquin wrote an open letter to management at the Centre hopsitalier régional de Trois-Rivières, the government of Quebec, and “any other person who has the power to make a difference” explaining why she abandoned her career after five years serving patients. In the letter, Paquin described a system based on overwork, inefficent hierarchy, and the impossibility of accomplishing all of an orderly’s tasks in a shift without cutting corners and sacrificing patients’ comfort and well-being.
Paquin said she quit because the job was “destroying” her, physically and psychologically.
"I'm not looking for pity, I ask only a little empathy, listening and recognition, understanding, support, but especially the desire to make you realize ... I'm trying to save my colleagues and patients in hospitals."
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