Agreement in principle between the FMSQ and the government
Montreal, February 9, 2018 – Further to the agreement in principle reached with the Government of Quebec, the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) will be reserving its comments until the final texts are completed, since certain elements are still being discussed.
In the meantime, empowered by a significant vote of approval by the Delegates' Assembly, its decision-making body, in a meeting yesterday, the President of the FMSQ, Dr Diane Francœur, confirmed the major principles resulting from the negotiation blitz begun last December.
"This agreement aligns directly with the demands and orientations of our members, the presidents of our affiliated medical associations and our decision-making body, the Delegates' Assembly. The FMSQ has often reiterated its willingness to negotiate an agreement dealing with establishing working conditions for medical specialists. This right has now been obtained.
"This agreement also confirms that both parties are committing themselves concretely to improving access to specialized medical services and care.
"We have agreed, with the government, on the absolute necessity of having a strong public health system. We want to improve things in order to obtain results as rapidly possible. This agreement thus implements a new partnership between medical specialists and the government so that we can work together."
The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of 59 recognized medical specialties.
The FMSQ will not be commenting further on the agreement in principle at this stage.