Tag Archive for: Access to Health and Social Services

Opinion: There is a glimmer of hope for 2024 despite Quebec’s divisive government

“In the thick of contentious issues, we are finding and expressing common cause with Quebecers who share our concerns about a crumbling health and social services network and an education system under immense stress,” writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed in The Montreal Gazette.

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How will Bill 15 affect Quebec patients in 2024?

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has expressed concern over how Bill 15 will impact services in English in bilingual health institutions. “It’s very top down and creates bureaucracy that controls the health institutions in the whole health-care system, and removes much of the autonomy of the institutions,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig. 

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No time to waste before government imposes massive centralization of health and social services – and adds a new threat to English access

There is fresh urgency to sign a petition demanding the Quebec government slam the brakes on its massive Bill 15, which is designed to create a vast centralization of our health and social-services network.

The imperative arrives in the form of a last-minute, government-proposed amendment, suspended for the moment, that would give its new central controlling body, Santé Québec, the power to strip health institutions of their right to offer services in a language other than French if the numbers no longer warrant.

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Bill 15 petition against Quebec’s healthcare revamp

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge explains how Bill 15 could jeopardize access to health services in English. She speaks with Global Montreal’s Laura Casella.

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OPINION: QCGN demands health reform rethink

Under the proposed Bill 15 to dramatically overhaul governance and management of the Quebec health and social service system, all 30 heads of regional authorities would report directly to Santé Québec, notes an analysis by the Quebec Community Groups Network published in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.

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Quebec Community Groups Network calls for action against Bill 15

“A sense of urgency” exists, given that Bill 15 may be rushed through the National Assembly, writes the Sherbrooke Record in its coverage of the mobilization effort under way by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Opinion: Join the growing chorus against Quebec’s health-care revamp

Bill 15 will hurt patients, researchers, communities, and more, writes Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “This legislation is focused on structure and governance and will do nothing to address the crises in our emergency rooms, delays in surgeries, the lack of family doctors, or other major and urgent shortcomings of our health care system.” 

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Petition demands rethink of Bill 15’s radical revamp of health care network

The Quebec Community Groups Network urges all Quebecers to quickly sign a petition demanding the provincial government put an immediate hold on its proposed Bill 15, which would launch a massive centralization of health-care management and dramatically reduce community roles in the governance of health and social services institutions everywhere in Quebec.

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Quebec French Language Ministry says Montrealer who was denied English service by RAMQ was entitled to it

Under Bill 96, we can expect to see more incidents like that of Susan Starkey, who was hung up on by the RAMQ for asking to converse in English, says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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Montreal woman says RAMQ hung up on her because she spoke English

“[François Legault] promised that health care services wouldn’t be impacted by Bill 96.” MNAs Gregory Kelley and Madwa-Nika Cadet voice their indignation over a 75-year-old West-Island woman being hung up on by the RAMQ due to her lack of knowledge of French. The QCGN voiced its discontent of the RAMQ’s conduct on Twitter.

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