Royal Vic 'dangerously dirty': TV program
An investigation into hospital hygiene by TVA program J.E. revealed what they said are dangerously dirty conditions at the Royal Vic in Montreal and at Hotel Dieu in Quebec City.
The report shows dirty linen in the hallways, strong odours in the hallways and improperly stored biomedical waste — and generally depicts both as poorly maintained, understaffed and sloppy on hygiene standards.
But while viewers of the investigative program saw an unpleasant side to hospitals, some are saying the report doesn't explain the whole picture.
CJAD medical correspondent Dr. Mitch Shulman works at the Royal Vic. Without speaking on behalf of the hospital and emphasizing the importance of cleanliness, he says the reports don't prove that patients are at risk.
"Can they show any difference in the rate of infection at a hospital like the Vic, compared to other comparable hospitals on the island of Montreal or elsewhere in Quebec or even in Canada?" he says.
A union representing health care workers say the conditions are the result of years of provincially imposed cost cutting measures.
"Hopefully, somewhere along the line there's some minister of health that will understand that we're putting into question the health of people just by sending them to hospital," said Jeff Begley, the CSN's president of health and social services.
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