Doctors at LaSalle Hospital in Montreal have turned the cameras on the “intolerable, unhygienic” state of their emergency rooms, reports CBC News. They’ve posted seven videos on YouTube and launched the website urgencelasalle.org as part of an online campaign to demand improvements.
“We weren’t being heard,” said Dr. François Langlais, one of the two physicians behind the campaign. “It was a last resort. It wasn’t something that we’re doing happily,” he told CBC.
I’ve watched the videos. I also listened, but as they’re in French and that’s not a language I even sort of understand, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. There’s not much in the videos that is distressing to me (blocked fire exits are the biggest thing I saw), and it’s pretty cramped.
Some of the gear is worn but appears clean and functional. Yes, there are patient beds in the hall. From a visuals standpoint their facility looks quite a bit nicer than the one I work in.
So, anyone out there able to translate these and give me the gist of why these docs felt compelled to make youtube videos deploring their working conditions?