Support for Medical Research : The FMSQ Stands Behind the "Je suis Michèle" Campaign

Montreal, January 30, 2013 - The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) wholly agrees with the claims of the medical research centres opposing budget cuts of some $10 million imposed on the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) by the government.

These cuts represent a 30% reduction of the funds that the FRQS grants to the 18 research centres within health institutions. "The impact is not only very important for researchers, many of whom are medical specialists, but it is also vital for patients." This is how the president of the FMSQ, Dr Gaétan Barrette, expressed his views at the launch of the "Je suis Michèle" campaign (www.jesuismichele.com).

"These funds sometimes represent the only source of financing for independent medical research in Quebec. We have to hope that the government understands the stakes involved and goes back on its decision," added Dr. Barrette. "Cutting these funds means cutting back on the work of researchers, cutting off opportunities for new researchers, and, especially, cutting short the hope for patients."

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