Improving access, quality of services

The Montreal Gazette
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Re: “Anglo panel sounds familiar” (Letters, April 13) In his letter, Robert Libman characterizes as unnecessary the revamped regulation announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to oversee the creation of access plans that guarantee the delivery of health and social services in English to our community.

As a former MNA, Libman should know that rights obtained by Alliance Quebec in negotiations with the government in 1986 only guarantee services where plans are in place that actually define those services.

As a result of massive reforms in the health-care system, many of those plans are either out of date or out of service. Over the past few years, we have received frequent complaints about the lack of access to services in English, a recurring problem throughout the province.

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QCGN Vice-President Geoffrey Chambers interview on Breakfast Televesion

QCGN Vice-President was interviewed on Breakfast Television, to discuss revamped regulations that will ensure English-speaking Quebecers have a voice in the accessibility and quality of health and social services in their own language.

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Quebec to create committee overseeing anglos’ access to health services

It’s good to have screaming rights, but it’s better to have suing rights, lawyer Eric Maldoff joked following an announcement Monday that the government will create an official English-language committee responsible for maintaining access to health and social services.

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, announced new regulations creating a provincial access committee.

Barrette said problems for English speakers in health care existed long before he enacted Bill 10, which abolished local boards at various institutions.

“I’m announcing a solution to a problem that already existed,” he said. “I understood that the community wanted to have a voice in one, clearly established way, through a provincial committee on access.”

How much money will be set aside for the committee will be made public at a later date, Barrette said.

Maldoff, who heads the Quebec Community Groups Network health and social services committee, praised Barrette for following through on a commitment.

Maldoff said the rights of English speakers cannot depend on the good will of the government.

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Quebec adopts new regulation to improve access to healthcare in English

Quebec’s health minister was at the Lakeshore General Hospital on Monday to unveil a new regulation that aims to improve access to healthcare for the province’s English-speaking minority.

The regulation creating a provincial access committee is the product of a three-year collaboration between English-language rights advocates and the health minister.

“At the end of the day, the only rights you ultimately have is if it’s written in an access plan you can sue on it because it’s a real right,” lawyer Eric Madoff said.

Maldoff heads the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) Health and Social Services Committee, one of the two groups who helped draft the new regulation.

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CTV News Interview with Eric Maldoff, QCGN Health and Social Services Committee Chair

QCGN Health and Social Services Committee Chair, Eric Maldoff, comments on newly revamped regulations that will ensure English-speaking Quebecers have a voice in the accessibility and quality of health and social services in their own language. The regulation was announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, and Kathleen Weil, the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers on Monday.

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Improving access to health care for anglophones

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette has announced plans to adopt new regulation in the hopes of improving access to health care services for English-speaking Quebecers.

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Government Sets Up Advisory Group to Assess Healthcare Needs for Quebec Anglos

Quebec’s English-speaking communities are one step closer to having more of a say on access to healthcare services in English.

The Quebec government announced that it’s greenlighted the creation of a revamped provincial advisory committee that will monitor healthcare services in English and provide recommendations on how what’s needed and where.

The revised committee was held up by the merger nearly three years ago of health care agencies overseeing services in different regions in the province.

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Anglos promised more of a voice for access to health and social services

English-speaking Quebecers will now have more of a voice when it comes to health and social services for the Anglophone community.

Quebec’s health minister announced a new regulation on Monday aimed at addressing concerns that were raised three years ago with the introduction of Bill 10.

The 2015 bill massively reorganized Quebec’s healthcare and social services system, sparking an outcry from the English-speaking community that they would lose a voice due to the elimination of health boards and patients’ committees.

On Monday, several prominent English-rights advocates said they’ve been working closely with Health Minister Gaetan Barrette to address those concerns.

The newly announced regulation will create both a provincial access committee and several regional committees.

“What’s changed here is the provincial advisory committee is now a committee of our community,” said Eric Maldoff, head of the health and social services committee of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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La réglementation tant attendue concernant la création d’un comité d’accès provincial : un premier pas dans la bonne direction

Montréal, le 9 avril 2018 – En 1986, le gouvernement du Québec inscrivait dans la loi le droit des Québécois d’expression anglaise de recevoir des services de santé et des services sociaux dans leur langue. Depuis, ce droit a toujours été respecté par tous les gouvernements du Québec.

En 2015, le projet de loi 10 était promulgué, restructurant radicalement le système des services de santé et des services sociaux. Cette restructuration a nécessité une révision des mécanismes assurant l’accès à ces services au sein du nouvel environnement institutionnel. Y était inclus le règlement régissant le comité consultatif provincial pour la prestation des services de santé et de services sociaux en langue anglaise.

Au cours des trois dernières années, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), en partenariat avec le Réseau communautaire de services de santé et de services sociaux (RCSSS), a travaillé avec le ministre de la Santé Gaétan Barrette et le gouvernement du Québec pour revoir et mettre à jour le règlement concernant le comité consultatif, dont le mandat consiste à conseiller le ministre de la Santé sur l’accessibilité et la qualité des services de santé et des services sociaux offerts aux Québécois d’expression anglaise.

« Aujourd’hui, le QCGN accueille favorablement et appuie le règlement modifié, qui a été adopté par le Cabinet », déclare Eric Maldoff, qui préside le comité du QCGN sur les services de santé et les services sociaux. Selon M. Maldoff, la réglementation remaniée garantit une meilleure représentativité des nouveaux membres du comité d’accès provincial de la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec. En outre, ce règlement confère au QCGN et au RCSSS la responsabilité de recruter les membres du comité et de les proposer au ministre de la Santé.

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Le QCGN accueille favorablement de nouveaux investissements fédéraux pour les Québécois d’expression anglaise

Ottawa – le 28 mars 2018 – Réagissant à l’annonce du Plan d’action pour les langues officielles 2018-2023 : Investir dans notre avenir, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) se réjouit du soutien accru qu’entend accorder le gouvernement fédéral dans ce domaine.  

Le plan, qui comprend 500 M$ en nouvelles dépenses accordées aux communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire, a été dévoilé mercredi à Ottawa par le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et par la ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly. Ces nouveaux fonds porteront l’investissement total à 2,7 milliards de dollars – le plus important engagement financier jamais souscrit aux langues officielles.

« Au cours des dernières années, le Québec d’expression anglaise a consacré beaucoup de temps à informer le gouvernement fédéral de ses besoins, a souligné le président du QCGN James Shea. Avec le dévoilement de son Plan d’action, il est évident que nos voix ont été entendues. »

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