Minister Barrette wants to act quickly (Le Devoir)

By Jocelyne Richer – La Presse canadienne à Québec
Originally published on February 6, 2015
See original French text here:

The anticipated adoption of the project of Bill 10 before the end of the day, thanks to a gag [literal translation, meaning to “invoke closure”, a parliamentary procedure limiting debate to force the passing of a law] decreed by the government, is only one of three steps seeking a major transformation in the health network in the coming months.

Before the parliamentary session even begins next Tuesday, MNAs had to present themselves in the chamber early Friday morning as part of the government’s decision to impose a term on the usual procedure to force the immediate adoption of Bill 10, which would abolish the health agencies and reduce the number of establishments in the network from 182 to 33.

At the same time, Bill 10 will help the government attain its objective to reach budgetary equilibrium this year, as it will save approximately $55 million in the short term and $220 million when the reforms of the structures will be completed.

As of the adoption of the project of Bill 10, the government will also be able to take on the study of the controversial project of Bill 20, which will notably impose patient quotas on doctors.

The Minister of Heath, Gaétan Barrette, said Friday morning, in a press conference, that he intended to proceed rapidly in this dossier as well and that he wanted Bill 20 to be adopted before the end of the session in June.

The third step of the process will follow, likely changing how the network of establishments is financed; currently it is financed by activity.

The FIQ denounces

From its end, the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé (FIQ), which represents notably the vast majority of nurses, vigorously denounces the intention of the Couillard government to impose a gag in order to adopt the project of Bill 10, on the reform of the structure of the health network.

The FIQ is distressed as well that it does not see a single benefit in the reform proposed by the Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette.

According to its president, Régine Laurent, the reform will do nothing but weaken the network and “will not improve access to, nor quality of, health services.”

Ms. Laurent, who describes the gag tactic as a “denial of democracy”, adds that the project of Bill 10 “gives nothing to patients and nothing to care professionals” but that it is “in service to the Minister (of health) and the Premier”, reminding in passing that “never did the Liberal Party promise such a reform during the election campaign.”

Translated from the original French by Language and Dissent, a collectively-run blog supporting the anti-austerity struggle in Quebec. These are amateur translations written by volunteers; we have done our best to translate these pieces fairly and coherently, but the final texts may have their flaws. If you find any important errors in any of these texts, we would be very grateful if you would share them with us via email (languageanddissent [at] gmail [dot] com). Please read and distribute these texts in the spirit in which they were intended; that of solidarity and the sharing of information.

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