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Press Release: Ministers Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil present new members of the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health and Social Services in the English Language (in French only)

Les ministres Gaétan Barrette et Kathleen Weil présentent les nouveaux membres du Comité provincial pour la prestation des services de santé et des services sociaux en langue anglaise

Québec, le 14 août 2018

Le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, monsieur Gaétan Barrette, ainsi que la ministre responsable de l’Accès à l’information et de la Réforme des institutions démocratiques et ministre responsable des Relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise, madame Kathleen Weil, ont annoncé aujourd’hui la composition du nouveau Comité provincial pour la prestation des services de santé et des services sociaux en langue anglaise.

Représentant la population d’expression anglaise de l’ensemble du Québec, les personnes suivantes auront la responsabilité de formuler des avis sur la prestation et la qualité des services offerts en langue anglaise, de même que sur les programmes d’accès à ces services :

  • Madame Sara Saber-Freedman;
  • Madame Ella Amir;
  • Monsieur Terry Kaufman;
  • Monsieur David Morris;
  • Madame Bonnie Jean Mitchell;
  • Monsieur Donald Warnholtz;
  • Madame Sheilagh Murphy;
  • Madame Jennifer Hobbs Robert;
  • Madame Eileen Schofield;
  • Madame Cathy Brown;
  • Madame Carolynn Roberts.

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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.

Global’s Anne Leclair reports.

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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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Long Awaited Regulation Creating Provincial Access Committee a First Step in the Right Direction

Montreal – April 9, 2018 – In 1986 the right of English-speaking Quebecers to receive Health and Social Services was recognized in law by the government of Quebec. This right has been consistently respected by all governments of Quebec since that time.

In 2015, Bill 10 was enacted. It radically restructured the health and social services system. This necessitated revisiting mechanisms for ensuring access to health and social services in this new institutional environment. That included the regulation governing the Provincial Advisory Committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language.

Over the past three years, the Quebec Community Groups Network, in partnership with the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), worked with Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and the government of Quebec to revise and update the regulation governing the advisory committee which is mandated it to advise the Minister of Health on the accessibility and quality of health and social services for English-speaking Quebecers.

“The QCGN today welcomes and expresses our support for the amended regulation adopted by Cabinet,” said Eric Maldoff, who heads the QCGN’s Health and Social Services Committee. The revamped regulation ensures that new members of the provincial access committee will be more representative of Quebec’s English-speaking community, said Maldoff. It also confers responsibility on the QCGN and the CHSSN for recruiting and proposing committee members to the Minister of Health.

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Quebec champion for English healthcare to be honoured

“Carter has devoted the last thirty years to championing the rights of English-speaking Quebecers to receive care in English”

CTV’s Caroline Van Vlaardingen interviews James Carter, winner of the 2017 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Carter has been a tireless and effective advocate for improved access to health and social services in English in Quebec. Carter will receive his award at the QCGN’s Community Awards evening which takes place on October 26 at the St. James Club.

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Allison Hanes: Ready for a reset at the MUHC

The dust has settled since 10 independent members of the McGill University Health Centre’s board of directors quit in disgust two months ago, leaving a gaping hole in the governance of one of Montreal’s most important hospital networks and a major political problem for Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.

After the mass resignation of 10 board members and a lukewarm explanation to the English-speaking community, Gaétan Barrette said he has a list of 20 candidates from which to strike a new board. However, Allison Hanes writes that it takes bravery for anyone to step up and fix the MUHC, especially after the tense and toxic relationship between Barrette and the last board.

The QCGN was caught in the crossfire when it was revealed they were working quietly behind the scenes to overhaul the board. She also hinted that Barrette should choose wisely MUHC board members so they have legitimacy in eyes of the English-speaking population, also that this new board should be a way to reset the situation in this institution.

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