The FMSQ's Reaction to the FMOQ-MSSS Agreement

Montreal, May 25, 2015 – "Improving access to health care ? Physicians are the first to wish for it ! This is what we repeated many times to the parliamentary committee regarding Bill 20 and the agreement reached this morning shows that, when the parties involved talk together in a real spirit of cooperation, realistic solutions follow." This is how the President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ), Dr Diane Francœur, reacted after the disclosure of the agreement in principle reached by the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) and the Minister of Health.

"Imposing quotas was certainly not the way to proceed and we congratulate the Minister of Health for finally choosing the path of discussion and negotiation," added Dr Francœur.

Insofar as medical specialists are concerned, the Minister invited the FMSQ to "think about it and to see the light, like the FMOQ did." This is astonishing. As the Minister of Health knows fully well, we have been in discussion with his representatives for several weeks and meetings have already taken place in this regard. We have submitted written proposals and have received new counter-proposals from the Ministry a few days ago. The next meeting has already been scheduled. Discussions are continuing and everything is taking place in an orderly fashion.

Still according to Dr Francœur, "there is no reason for the Minister not to equally favour a negotiated agreement with medical specialists, as we have been advocating from the start."

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