FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

The government’s inertia in front of the public health network crisis has lasted long enough!

The situation that care professionals are experiencing isn’t just a cause for concern, it’s dramatic. Everybody knows that the shortage of care professionals seriously limits any possibility of improving access to health care for the Quebec public.  

Can somebody please tell the Minister?

Many of our problems are directly related to the fact that there is currently a shortage of about 2,000 professionals on the floors.

Within the next 3 years, 15,000 professionals could retire. What does the Minister of Health intend to do to make up for this extraordinary shortage of care professionals within the next 3 years?

What does he intend to do to ensure that the young people don’t leave? What does he intend to do to attract enough care professionals to maintain an acceptable level of service?

Instead of discussing the core elements, exchanging ideas on structured solutions to settle all the problems once and for all, the Ministry’s representatives at the negotiating table, persist in using the least little fault, the slightest legal precedent, the smallest detail of an isolated situation to try to make us swallow that we aren’t worthy of respect, that we don’t deserve dignity, that they can still squeeze blood out of a stone.

The government, the Ministry aren’t looking for solutions to the current crisis, they are trying to make it worse. If this isn’t the case, then the message isn’t getting through.

Let the Minister correct his aim! If he can’t do it, then it’s up to Premier Charest to do it! Something must be done. And he is going to find that we are strong, united and standing up in solidarity because we don’t have much more to lose.  

The FIQ is a responsible organization, which seeks to defend the working conditions of its members because they are directly related to the quality and safety of the care provided to the public.

We have developed several structured, well-reasoned solutions likely to improve the job satisfaction of care professionals significantly because these are their solutions, their demands.

Several of these solutions require nothing more than an ounce or two of good will. Some are self-financing. Several only concern organization of work.

The Ministry can no longer blame the errors of the past to justify the present, because it is doing absolutely nothing for the future.