Dr Barrette Will Still Be Involved With Patients

Montreal, April 23, 2014 –- "Dr Gaétan Barrette's career path has been impressive. He is taking on this significant challenge the same way he has all the others he has been faced with in his professional life. From now on, he will be working for all patients in Quebec and the FMSQ will not be favored in any way." This is how Dr Diane Francœur, President of the FMSQ, welcomed the announcement of the swearing-in of the new Minister of Health and Social Services.

Reiterating the Federation's willingness to actively cooperate in order to ensure the files involving specialized medicine progress as intended, Dr Francœur has indicated that "as it has always done in the past, the FMSQ will remain vigilant and critical of future government decisions and directions and we will intervene when we consider it appropriate to do so."

The President also thinks the time is right to perform an audit of the public healthcare system's accounts. "The time has come to add the quality of pertinence to the aspect of transparency. The right questions have to be asked and answered honestly, because the welfare state has reached its limits." The Federation has long deplored the inadequate management of hospitals and the administrative weight of the network. "We hope the Minister of Health will include among his priorities the accountability of administrators and managers. Healthcare and services for the population must have priority over inflating the structures."

For the FMSQ, several important issues are still pending and need to be accorded special attention over the next few months. In addition, productivity is one of the stakes as much for patients as for physicians. "Our doctors ask only for the opportunity to do more and I don't know a single surgeon who doesn't want to operate, but several factors limit the provision of services. We would be happy to collaborate with Minister Barrette to improve things," concludes Dr Francœur.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents close to 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of the 53 recognized medical specialties.