Deployment of the Anesthesiology Coverage Plan : First Pairings Focused on the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region

Rimouski, May 16, 2018 — The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) and the Association des anesthésiologistes du Québec (AAQ) are proud to announce to the population that they are deploying the first 11 pairings resulting from the provincial replacement plan in anesthesiology and resuscitation. The anesthesiology coverage plan is part of the "accessibility" section of the Agreement between the FMSQ and the government.

"When our Agreement was negotiated and signed, we said that the conditions of practice of medical specialists were our priority and this, with the aim of increasing and improving accessibility for patients. The replacement plan in anesthesiology has been designed to follow these exact same lines," explained the President of the FMSQ, Dr Diane Francœur.

In the regions of the Bas-Saint-Laurentand the Gaspésie, four hospital centres have been prioritized : Hôpital de MataneHôpital de Sainte-Anne-des-MontsHôpital Notre-Dame-de-Fatimaand Hôpital d'Amqui

Other regions are also included in this first deployment, i.e. Îles de la Madeleine (Hôpital de l'Archipel), Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Hôpital de Ville-Marie), Saguenay‑Lac-Saint-Jean (Hôpital de Dolbeau-Mistassini), Laurentides (Hôpital de Mont-Laurier), Estrie (CSSS du Granit), Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec (CSSS du Haut-Saint-Maurice) and Baie-James (Centre de santé de Chibougamau). 

Each hospital experiencing the need for partial (12 or 26 weeks) or full (52 weeks) replacements will thus be paired with a designated hospital to act as sponsoring centre. During the pairing, the anesthesiologists of the sponsoring centre will relay one another to offer services to the sponsored hospital, an agreement to last 3 years, until 2021, and to be renewable. We must emphasize that the physician anesthesiologists who take part in the sponsoring will need to sign an agreement to this effect and may be liable to penalties in case they fail to respect their commitment.

For the people in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region who have known significant and repeated episodes of non coverage during the last several years, the implementation of this plan aims at maintaining and guaranteeing access to care and services by promoting the continuous provision of basic services in anesthesiology and thus avoid any break in service in these hospital centres. "We wish to go ahead rapidly with the implementation of this first phase before the summer period and I salute the collaboration of the Association des anesthésiologistesin setting up this long-term solution to the problems of non coverage in anesthesiology thanks to a mechanism of pairing between hospitals," added Dr Diane Francœur, President of the FMSQ.

"Our medical specialty is experiencing a lack of human resources, which explains the problems of non coverage. The anesthesiologists of Quebec have multiplied their efforts to design and implement this plan with the objective of offering more services to the population. We can finally go ahead with our plan and we are proud of being able to assist wherever the lack of human resources constitutes an obstacle to accessibility," continued the President of the AAQ, Dr Jean-François Courval.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec's 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.