Survey suggests Quebec orderlies are stressed and overworked

A survey says worsening working conditions has led to psychological distress for about three quarters of Quebec orderlies.

It also shows more than 80 per cent of respondents, working in long-term care, have suffered from the distress for at least a year. 

The union says that could lead to more of them taking sick leave unless things change.

Roughly 9 in 10 respondents say more staff and a workload reduction could improve their situation. 

65 per cent say they want input in decisions affecting their work.

The poll was conducted by the Federation of Health and Social Services.

More than 8,500 orderlies or patient assistants took part in the poll.