The service offer reviewed this summer at the CIUSSS MCQ

Service offer review this summer at the CIUSSS MCQ

Rooms surgery will operate at 70% capacity in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec. (Archival photo)

The number of surgeries and certain CLSC services will be reduced during the summer period in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec. In addition, a hundred beds in hospitals as well as 20 places in CHSLDs will be closed. The objective is to grant vacations to all health personnel who have requested them.

We have no major closures, but we will be doing a few partial closures to allow people to lend a hand in certain critical clinical areas, says the assistant director general of general and specialized physical health programs at the Center integrated university health and social services of the Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ), Christine Laliberté.

Sectors deemed critical include emergencies, intensive care, residential settings, youth protection, obstetrics, oncology as well as urgent and semi-urgent surgeries.

“Every summer, with the labor shortage, people ask themselves: 'are we going to be able to have our vacation?' But for us, it really is the number one priority. »

— Christine Laliberté, Deputy Director General of General and Specialized Physical Health Programs at the CIUSSS MCQ

We are trying to find a balance in order to be able to maintain a quality and safe service offer, then offer vacations to everyone, says Ms. Laliberté.

Approximately 7, 5% (114 out of 1,500) of short-term beds in the various units of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec hospital centers will be closed. In addition, surgery rooms will operate at 70% capacity. Each year, the number of surgeries is reduced during the summer period.

Modulated services during the summer period 2023

Types of services

Planned changes


Surgery rooms will be approximately 70% open.


About 114 short-term beds out of a total of 1500 could be closed.


No change, except in Fortierville where the emergency room is closed on Thursdays


Closure of 10 beds at CHSLD de Fortierville and 10 beds at CHSLD Marguerite- From Youville to Drummondville

CLSC and outpatient clinics

Certain services (e.g. nursing care, postnatal follow-up, vaccination) will be reorganized depending on available staff.


Emergencies will run at the same pace during the summer, except in Fortierville where opening hours are already reduced due to the lack of doctors. The emergency room is closed every Thursday.

Ten beds will be closed at the CHSLD de Fortierville due to the lack of manpower during the summer period. Some of those beds are already vacant, and regional health authorities have already started surveying residents to find volunteers willing to move.

Ten beds will also be closed at the CHSLD Marguerite-D’Youville, in Drummondville. These are unoccupied beds, according to the CIUSSS MCQ.

At all times, care and services deemed more urgent and priority will be provided, can we read in a document sent to employees, managers and physicians entitled Planning summer 2023: Finding the balance in order to maintain safe and quality care and services for our population.