OPERATION CODE RED : Grand Assembly of Medical Specialists
Montreal, May 13, 2017 – More than 3,000 medical specialists gathered today in the Olympic Stadium for the Grand Assembly organized by the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ).
Physicians from all over Quebec came to show their widespread discontent with the Billy club laws tabled by the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, with the unceasing and unjustified attacks against them, and with the bureaucratic rules that multiply and hinder medical practice.
EXTRACTS FROM THE SPEECH BY DR DIANE FRANCŒUR, President of the FMSQ
"After three years of budget cuts, three years of denigrating physicians and other healthcare professionals, three years of ministerial decrees, three years of trial and error, there are no positive and conclusive results from the Barrette reforms."
"Medical specialists want patients to be cared for by the right person, at the right time, and in the right place. This can be achieved only through conditions of practice that meet the needs of medical specialists."
"To the politicians, we say : let us take care of our patients! Let us act for their well-being. And stop putting the Minister's spokes in our wheels !"
"We have obligations to our patients and we will respect them by refusing to give up and lower the bar as the government has been demanding for the last three years."
"When you leave the Olympic Stadium this afternoon, we hope you will feel that you now hold the right tools to defend your right to work in a public healthcare system where the interests of the patients are at the heart of decisions; that you are able to say NO to your DSP and NO to your CEO when they try to force you to make decisions contrary to quality medical practice and to the needs of your patients. A recent example ? Expandable rooms on the floors to camouflage emergency room patients."
REMINDER OF OUR PRIDE IN MEDICINE
"Doctor Chaos" and "Doctor Stingy" befoul our entire profession. But each of you must remember why you chose to become physicians. Let us be proud of who we are and let's make sure we remain at the level of the relationship that links us to our patients."
The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of 59 recognized medical specialties.