Effects of the Government's Proposed Five-Year Medical Manpower Distribution Plan : The FMSQ Maintains Its Position

Montreal, November 3, 2010  – The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) feels the following clarification is required concerning the press releases issued by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre and by the Health and Social Services Agency of Montreal following the report broadcast by Radio-Canada on the titled subject.. As the negotiating agent intimately involved in the process of manpower distribution along with representatives of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), the FMSQ has formally acquainted itself with the government's projections of the effects of the five-year plan on medical manpower, in particular for university hospital centres in Québec City and in Montreal, including Sainte-Justine. The MSSS spokesperson, Dr. Michel Bureau, was in fact very clear on this point during the interview granted to Radio-Canada.

Although he is presently outside of the country, the President of the FMSQ, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, still wished to provide this reaction : "I can only applaud the MSSS and the Agency for having finally seen the light and revised their project by modifying an aspect that made no sense whatsoever. As I had initially informed the MSSS, we feel that planning for an increase in medical manpower in the outlying regions of Montreal is fully justified due to population growth, but this must not take place to the detriment of the Quebec-wide mission that university hospitals need to fulfil."

The FMSQ intends to remain vigilant to ensure that no university hospital centre loses its manpower nor is targeted by any attrition process which would have negative effects on the provision of specialized medical care to the general population and to patients.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec numbers close to 9,000 members in Québec, representing 35 medical specialties. It is the sole organization recognized by government with respect to negotiating medical specialists' collective agreements, and is also consulted on all aspects of the organization of medical care in Québec.