Méditab and lobbying - The FMSQ's position

Montreal, August 14, 2012 - The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) does not intend to thrust itself into the current election campaign. It does, however, intend to rectify certain points that have been reported by the media concerning Méditab as well as to comment on the subject of lobbying.

MÉDITAB

The decision to take part in this project was a Federation one and, as such, was the object of discussions and formal presentations to the decision-making bodies within the FMSQ. This was an opportunity, as envisaged by the FMSQ, to develop educational and informational resources for patients and their families that would be accessible and free of charge. The objective was clear : to develop content to help both patients and medical specialists better demystify pathologies, surgery or the treatment provided during hospitalization. The patient, better informed and thus equipped, could then become an active partner in his or her own care. Most existing resources in medical e learning are only available in English and are not well adapted to current medical practices in Quebec.

"Associating the name of Dr. Gaétan Barrette to this announcement constitutes a manoeuvre that could be qualified as questionnable in the context of the current election campaign. It implies that the matter depends upon an individual while it was in reality, a Federation-level decision," indicated Dr. Diane Francoeur, Vice President of the FMSQ.

LOBBYING

The FMSQ is the only organization recognized by the government to negotiate collective agreements in the name of medical specialists and it is regularly asked to intervene on proposed bills or regulatory projects that may have an impact on the delivery of medical care. Taking into account the exemptions that are provided for in the law, the FMSQ contests the requirement for its President to register as a lobbyist and intends to present its arguments on the matter to the authorities involved.

It doesn't matter who holds or will hold the position, the FMSQ will continue to contest the requirement. It isn't Gaétan Barrette, the individual, who is targeted here, but rather an administrator of the FMSQ," concludes Dr. Diane Francoeur.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 9000 medical specialists certified in one of 53 recognized medical specialties.