GAP financing: Dubé accuses the FMOQ of taking patients hostage

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, is concerned as June 1 approaches, the date on which the agreement he concluded with the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec (FMOQ) regarding the Guichet d’or must end. access to the first line (GAP) and its financing.

At the heart of the dispute: a lump sum of $120 offered by Quebec to family medicine groups (GMF) for each orphan patient taken care of through the GAP.

This new standoff comes at a time when the agreement concluded two years ago between Quebec and the FMOQ must end in exactly one week and that the two parties are engaged in intense negotiations concerning the overall remuneration of general practitioners.

These talks are far from over and no transitional measures have been planned to maintain the financial incentive offered to GMF in order to continue to offer availability periods at GAPunderlines the FMOQ.

Faced with this state of affairs, groups of family doctors have sent numerous letters to the deputies of the CAQ to plead their case, arguing that the $120 flat rate offered by the government is necessary to maintain the same level of service.

These missives, identical in every respect, warn among other things that GAP”,”text”:”several doctors will not be able to continue at the same pace or will stop offering time slots to meet the GAP”}}”>several doctors will not be able to continue at the same pace or will stop offering time slots to meet the GAP and if this is the end of the deal for the government, it will also be the end for family doctors.

Cutting resources and commitments will not allow us to continue at the same level, explain the authors of the letter. There is a risk of dismantling of organizations established according to the new work organization that was being developed.

According to The Saint-Hyacinthe Courierof the GMF even wrote to their patients who had passed through the GAP to inform them that without this agreementthey will no longer be able to receive.

In addition, new data obtained by Radio-Canada from a Source shows a radical drop in the number of appointments offered through the GAP after the 1er June, going from 18,398 appointments for the week that begins to only 5,699 appointments the following week.

The report by Véronique Prince.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

Present at the general council of the CAQ in Saint-Hyacinthe on Saturday, Minister Dubé deplored that the doctors’ unions gave a watchword to their troops. I will never accept that patients are taken hostagehe repeated in the press scrum, as he had first done in front of the activists.

The minister, who admitted that he didn’t get along with family doctors on how to renew the GAPcomplained again about the disinformation conveyed by their representatives, according to which his government wanted tear up the agreement concluded in June 2022.

According to Mr. Dubé, the resistance demonstrated by the union leadership of the FMOQ is simply not representative of the opinion of doctors themselves which, according to him, would be loans to accept the proposed changes.

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Prime Minister Legault is also concerned about the future of the health system and is asking for more “flexibility”, both from doctors and other health professionals, including nurses.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

A little earlier, Prime Minister François Legault, at the same general council, had also admitted to the press that the current negotiations were not not easy with doctors’ unions and that he had concerns for the coming weekswhich will, according to him, very hard.

In his closing speech at the end of the day, Mr. Legault also indicated that the talks were just as difficult with the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), deploring that nurses unionslike those of doctors, oppose to changes proposed by his government.

because it’s going to get hot, Christian said it today-, we’re going to have to remember why we’re doing this: we are doing this for Quebecers.”,”text”:”In the coming months, we will have to be strong. We will have to stand up, he warned. We will all have to be united behind Christian Dubé. And when it gets hot – because it’s going to get hot, Christian said it today – we’re going to have to remember why we’re doing this: we’re doing this for Quebecers.”}}”>Over the next few months, we will have to be strong. We will have to stand up, he warned. We will all have to be united behind Christian Dubé. And when things get hot – because it’s going to get hot, Christian said it today – we’re going to have to remember why we’re doing this: we’re doing this for Quebecers.

>>Several women brandishing a flag of the Quebec Interprofessional Health Federation are demonstrating outside.>>

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Several FIQ union members demonstrated in front of the Saint-Hyacinthe Convention Center, where the CAQ general council took place on Saturday.

Photo: Radio-Canada / SYLVAIN ROY ROUSSEL

There FIQ remains one of the only public sector union federations to have not yet managed to reach an agreement with the Legault government to renew its collective agreement.

Several of its members had also met in Saint-Hyacinthe on Saturday to express their discontent on the sidelines of the general council of the CAQ.

With information from Véronique Prince

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