The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, answering questions from the opposition at the Salon bleu on December 8 just before the adoption of the controversial Bill 15. (Archive photo)
The president of the Fédération de la Santé du Québec (FSQ-CSQ), Isabelle Dumaine, also recalls that the reform will considerably modify labor relations and job categories, which risks further disrupting our workplaces. She denounces in particular the minister's desire to unilaterally modify job categories and in particular to “break up” the employment categories. category 1 by removing respiratory therapists. We are talking about a direct attack on freedom of association, she deplores in a press release.
We are aware that it is necessary put in place solutions to improve the organization of work, but a reform can never succeed without the support and mobilization of health personnel, adds Ms. Dumaine.
An opinion shared by Robert Comeau, president of the APTS, who believes that for a reform to work, it must be accepted by the environment in which it must be implemented.
Over the decades, in 2006, we had Dr. Couillard who proposed his reform, and in 2015, that of [Dr] Barrett. Once again, [with Minister Dubé] we have the impression that a person is arriving with his own vision of the health system. We cannot experience changes like that every 10 years.
A quote from Robert Comeau, president of the APTS
Luc Beauregard, secretary-treasurer of the CSQ, also denounces the government's determination to want at all costs to develop private health. At a press briefing on Saturday morning, Minister Dubé indicated that the adoption of this bill will allow citizens to go to the private sector, free of charge, if the reasonable time limits for access to surgery have been exceeded.
The effectiveness of the private sector has never been publicly demonstrated; on the contrary, several studies establish significant shortcomings linked to private partners, such as problems of lack of transparency, communication, training and abusive costs, writes Mr. Beauregard in a press release.
In a press briefing on Saturday morning, Mr. Dubé wanted to reassure employees of the health network . These are people who will experience significant changes in the coming months and it will be up to us to properly explain these changes, he mentioned.
In order to facilitate the transition to the Santé Québec agency, it is absolutely necessary that forums be set up during the transition, defends the APTS.
The survival of our network depends on it. Legislating in one's corner and doing one's own thing, especially when it comes to the health of the population and the social safety net on which the vast majority of Quebecers depend, is irresponsible and disrespectful, adds the union.
With information from Gabrielle Proulx and Alexis Gacon