End of use of private agencies: the Dubé plan comes into force today

End of use of private agencies: the Dubé plan comes into force today
End of use of private agencies: the Dubé plan comes into force today

As the Dubé plan aimed at putting an end to the use of private health agencies comes into force, many still fear the worst despite the measures announced at the last minute this week by Quebec.

Starting Sunday, the hourly rate of an agency nurse is capped at $72/h, with a 35% bonus for remote regions for the first year ($97/h) and 20% for the second year ($86/h).

This is a significant reduction compared to what the agencies could grant.

The objective of this plan is to put an end to private agencies with the aim of saving a significant amount within the framework of Law 10 adopted a little over a year ago in the National Assembly.

Following this reform, emergency room capacities on the North Shore will be reduced, as will operating theater capacities.

In Abitibi, a reduction in staff is also expected in CHSLDs.

“We are starting to hit the wall, but in October 2026, when there will be no independent workforce at all in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, it is obvious that there will be choices which will have to be done and unfortunately it is the population who will pay,” says the president of the interprofessional health care union of Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FIQ-SISSAT), Jean-Sébastien Blais.

“It is certain that we are worried about the services that will be provided,” indicates for his part the mayor of Sept-Îles, Denis Mousse.

The upcoming summer season could mean more service disruptions.

“In the summer, there are people who must have vacations and there are people who can also fall ill,” shares the president of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists, Dr. Youssef Ezahré.

“So, the emergency rooms around Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles could close altogether,” he adds.

Other incentives are therefore requested to keep this workforce in the region.

See the explanations in the video above.



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