The FMSQ salutes the new government elected in Quebec and calls for cooperation to put the healthcare network back on solid footing
- The exhaustion of staff members, the lack of personnel, and retirements have weakened the network.
- Cooperation with the government has allowed the FMSQ's Action Plan to be deployed with direct benefit to patients.
Montreal, October 1, 2018 – The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) salutes the newly-elected Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government to whom it offers its full cooperation. At the same time, it emphasizes the commitment of all the candidates who campaigned, thus contributing to the vitality of our democracy.
Among the urgent issues facing the new government, the FMSQ considers that putting the healthcare network back on a solid footing is a priority. The political decisions that have coloured the network's reform over the last few years have had a negative impact on the organization of work and have taken a lot out of the people who work within the network.
Taking care of a network at the end of its rope
"We will not be able to adequately treat the people of Quebec if our healthcare network continues to suffer from exhaustion ! The new government must deal with burnouts, the lack of personnel, and the departures on retirement which have weakened the healthcare network. We have to start by taking care of those who provide care," maintains the President of the FMSQ, Dr Diane Francœur.
In addition, the Federation believes that the healthcare network's reform has sometimes blinded people to the importance of prioritizing the quality of services to patients, as well as the need to have empathy for those who provide care and those who receive it. It is therefore essential that the patient finds his or her place at the centre of the healthcare network's preoccupations.
The FMSQ's Action Plan to increase access to care
During the summer, the Federation implemented its Action Plan, including 14 measures to increase access to specialized health care. The plan is derived from the agreement signed with the government and involving some 10,000 medical specialists in Quebec.
The Pairing Plan in Anesthesiology, for example, is already bearing fruit and patients are its biggest winners. And the FMSQ is ready to start working on the deployment of a pairing plan for surgery.
A climate of cooperation
"It's the climate of cooperation with the government that has helped improve patient access to health care. We hope the new government will maintain this climate of cooperation, because it is of direct benefit to patients. Moreover, it must extend to all medical staff," affirms Dr Francœur.
About the FMSQ
The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of 59 recognized medical specialties. Its mission is to defend and support medical specialists from its affiliated associations who work in the public healthcare system while contributing to the advancement of quality care and services for the people of Quebec.