FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

Demanding a society in our image is also taking care of us

With the convergence of economic powers, for several years now, we have been witnessing the emergence of a movement of convergence of citizens’ demands.

Globally, whether it is through the Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring, or the Occupy Movement, voices are being raised everywhere indicating the desire of the people to retake the reins of their destiny.

In Québec, hundreds of thousands of people have peacefully taken to the streets, whether to support the student movement that, for nearly three months now, has been waging a difficult battle to preserve an education system accessible to everyone, or still, on Earth Day in order to reiterate their desire to live in a world that is more respectful of the environment and the values of justice, equality and solidarity that motivate them.

On May 1st, International Workers’ Day, citizens are once again being called upon to be heard on the theme “Nous”. Because “Nous” (We) make up Québec society, a society that we want to be in our image. A society in which the values of the people are reflected. A society where, by combining the efforts of those that are the basis of that society, everyone can benefit from safe and decent living and working conditions. A society where the economy works for the people, and not the reverse.

The licensed practical nurses, nurses, respiratory therapists and perfusionists in our ranks have not escaped this collective affirmation movement.

The healthcare professionals no longer recognize themselves in the context that the government is trying to force on them, a context governed by performance and dictated to by the economy. Over the years they have been expected to take care of others in conditions that are increasingly harder to endure, to the detriment of their personal life and, sometimes even putting their own health in danger , the healthcare professionals are now asking themselves “who takes care of those who provide care?”

By demanding that their role at the heart of the health-care network be recognized for what it is worth so that they can continue to provide the care to the people that they are entitled to receive, the healthcare professionals are also part of this movement demanding a society marked with the values of justice, equality and solidarity. These values that are the basis of their commitment.

Because demanding a better society for oneself and those dear to us is also “taking care of us”, I hope that this theme to mark Health Month 2012, “Taking care of us too”, will be with you and guide you throughout the month of May… and the months that follow.

Happy Health Month to everyone!


Health Month 2012 -- Taking care of us too