The Ministry of Health still does not know when it will be able to publish the written opinions of Dr. Horacio Arruda that François Legault has committed to making public two weeks ago now.
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“We are working to release these as soon as possible, but we cannot move forward on a specific date at the moment,” the ministry wrote in response to a request from our Parliamentary Office.
Health officials are currently working to “identify the writings and format them for dissemination.” However, this is a monk’s job. “We must trace the recommendations and opinions in all the information that deals with COVID-19 on a daily basis, and have been for months. It can be emails, but also presentations, written opinions, etc. ”, explains MSSS spokesperson Marie-Claude Lacasse.
The documents must then be analyzed to ensure that any personal data is redacted.
Without being able to offer a timeline for their publication, the MSSS said, however, that it was aware that “the Prime Minister’s request was that this be done as soon as possible”.
“Nothing to hide”
In Quebec City, opposition parties have been demanding for months to obtain these recommendations made by the National Director of Public Health to the Prime Minister on the measures to be taken to stem the spread of COVID-19.
After refusing for a long time, Prime Minister Legault finally promised on January 19 to publish these notices. “There are people who suggest that we are hiding things. First of all, it’s not in my character. Then I asked Dr Arruda that all the recommendations that were made in writing, that they be made public, “he said at a press conference.”
“We have nothing to hide and if there are people who think they are discovering plots, well there are no plots, but we will make them public because, for me, it is important that ‘we are transparent,’ he added.
However, the Prime Minister had once again affirmed that public health recommendations are never “black or white”. “To reduce the number of contacts, there are several ways to do this. So, these are mainly discussions that we have together to see if such or such a measure would be more easily applicable and give the same results, ”he explained.