Meeting at the top between Dr Heppell and Dr Stéphane Tremblay

Meeting at the top between Dr Heppell and Dr Stéphane Tremblay

Dr. Benoît Heppell claims to have had an attentive ear from the Director General of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Stéphane Tremblay.

The one who had slammed the door of his position as head of the department of general medicine at the CHUS, Dr. Benoît Heppell, met the director general of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Stéphane Tremblay, over the past few days.

Recall that Dr. Heppell officially left his post on May 5, exhausted by a system that does not have the capacity to move the things, he said. His term was due to end in December.

The idea of ​​resigning publicly was to stir up the coconut tree. We can go away and say I didn't save the ship and stay home, but the idea was to say, “Can I shake things up a bit and do different?" It echoed, indeed. There was some ear on what we could do differently. I always have an attentive ear on a future role that I could play in the organization, he said on the microphone of Over here the info Tuesday.

Dr. Heppell says he met with the director general of the CHUS, Dr. Stéphane Tremblay, last Friday. I can tell you he had an open ear. I offered things. He heard me on my criticisms of what I was going through. Probably things that don't go to his ears. I'll see what's next, but there was a reception of my grievances and my proposals. It's nice to cry, but you have to offer things. It remains to be seen what the organization is willing to do to make it different.

“[Our resignations] brought a little grist to the mill to say let's do it differently, let's be innovative, what can we change, what was not working. I still have hope that it may help. »

— Dr. Benoît Heppell

Dr. Heppell is in no way surprised by the two other resignations, those of Drs. Annick Michaud and Marie-Laure Collinge, which occurred in the last few days. I think it's part of a wave of people [who] have gone into these positions not for the greed, but with the idea of ​​bringing it to life. mill water, to do different, to make things happen, to be innovative and who have come up against something bigger than themselves, and who have burned out. They said to themselves, I am going to return to the role that I am able to play and where I am good, being a doctor. It's a bit like me.

The resigning doctor does not close the door to returning to a management position. I am ready to collaborate, to invest myself, to give time to change things. It takes winning conditions that make it possible to change things. Yes, but you have to have your hands on the wheel and especially not in the same role of spectator, he says.