MONTREAL – The days of retaliation are over in Quebec’s health care system, says Minister Danielle McCann. It invites all actors in the network to speak and engage in dialogue in order to rebuild a system from the ground up.
The Minister of Health and Social Services launched this call at the very end of the political panel of the summit of the Forum for the Student Succession for Health in Quebec (FRESQue), Saturday afternoon, at the University of Montreal.
“Feel comfortable, speak. Tell us what you think. Give us solutions, “she said to dozens of future health professionals who attended the debate bringing together the health spokespersons of each party of the National Assembly and the Minister.
“It’s changing now. I’m not saying “it’s going to change”, it’s changing, “insisted Ms. McCann, who was reacting to an intervention by Quebec MP Sol Zanetti Solidaire about the reprisals that nurses had to face for denouncing their working conditions and their exhaustion.
According to the minister, this practice has been practiced in the network in recent years, but she confirmed to The Canadian Press that this is over.
“It must be finished. We are in a context of benevolence for the citizens, for the patients and for the staff. We talk about constructive dialogue, collaboration and for a dialogue to open on both sides, “she reiterated after the event.
The theme of FRESQue’s annual summit was on the health care environment and especially on working conditions and the sharing of tasks in the health system. The plight of thousands of health care workers, nurses and doctors is a major challenge.
For the first time in four editions, the political panel included one representative from each party: Ms. McCann from the Coalition avenir Québec, André Fortin from the Liberal Party, Sol Zanetti from Québec solidaire and Sylvain Gaudreault from the Parti Québécois.
The panelists did not have to debate fiercely, while several elements seemed rather to reach consensus. Mainly the importance of interdisciplinarity, which is to improve collaboration between the various health professionals and to delegate tasks to people who have the competence to perform them but who are not allowed to do so.
Danielle McCann took the opportunity to make a promise to students: there will be no new reform in the structure of the health system. “We will make a reform that has never been made, it is a reform of access and we can not do it without taking care of our staff,” she said. Today, we have the opportunity to solve the problem of access to the health network once and for all. ”
To achieve this, she relies on the redistribution of tasks. Already, physicians have agreed to delegate certain acts to specialized nurse practitioners (IPS). It intends to continue along this path and involve pharmacists and social workers.
A mission that should be easily accomplished once the physician compensation model is changed, the minister believes.
“We are ripe to do it. When we change the method of remuneration of doctors, there will be a decompartmentalization, “she promised by hammering the importance of deploying all the skills and capabilities of each professional working in the network.
For his part, Sol Zanetti pleaded for a “Copernican revolution”. According to him, just as Copernicus discovered that the sun does not turn around the Earth, we must stop believing that the health system revolves around doctors. He has to turn around the patients, he says.
Among other things, Sylvain Gaudreault raised the importance of taking into consideration the impacts of the climate emergency on the health system. “In all government projects, we must evaluate the effects on public health,” said the PQ MP.
André Fortin recalled that the main challenge is that of manpower. The government can increase spending by 5.4% or inject $ 200 million to create more nursing positions, and there is a need for skilled labor to be available.
Make things happen
According to Jennifer Dahak, FRESQue’s vice-president of external affairs, this summit is an opportunity to bring together all health stakeholders to make a difference.
She emphasizes that to provide better care, better coordination and better accessibility, it is necessary first of all to have fit and fit people, who benefit from winning health conditions, which are then reflected in the quality of the patient’s service. .
The discussions focused on five main areas: working conditions, interdisciplinarity, the patient partner at the center of discussions, physical and physical resources and a better connected digital network.
At the end of the summit on Sunday, a book of recommendations will be sent to the office of the Minister of Health.
“The idea is to escalate the recommendations of the students. These proposals are based on evidence, science and knowledge to get things moving and make Quebec a more recovery-oriented health care environment, “says Dr. Dahak, Ph.D. candidate in Public Health. organization of care.
Founded in 2016 by students from Laval and McGill universities, FRESQue aims to unite future health and health research professionals to build a network that is “fairer, more equitable, more public and stronger” says Jennifer Dahak.