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Montreal Hospitals May No Longer Be Bilingual

A step in the wrong direction.
Montreal Hospitals May No Longer Be Bilingual

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Changes may be coming to the set up of Quebec's health care administration, in the form of Bill 10, which would streamline services and save the province a bunch of money. Sounds good on paper, but as Eric Maldoff, lawyer and strategic adviser for Quebec Community Group Network (QCGN), explained to CTV, the result can mean little to no service for Anglophone health care patients, as hospitals would lose their bilingual status.

Bill 10 was proposed by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, with the promise of saving Quebec $220 million every year. Administration would be reduced, by merging all health care institutions into one, all controlled by the province/the Minister of Health. The bad part is, though, all community groups and boards of directors that represent minority communities would no longer exist.

Maldoff explains how, if health care institutions stop being legal entities, with installation managers replacing boards of directors, there will be no person/peoples ensuring the rights of all individuals who attend a health care facility, like Anglophones. These community group boards would be eliminated by Bill 10, and won't ever come back.

A major issue, other than glaring problem of certain individuals not getting proper health care services, would be the loss of community engagement and participation if Bill 10 goes through. From 23 bilingual installations Quebec would only have one. The many volunteers and fundraising initiatives enacted by community group members at these institutions would be compromised, which could seriously hurt the daily operations of certain facilities.

Rural communities are also in fear they will lose representation and authority in health care institutions if the services are centralized with the provincial government in total control, points out CBC.

The QCGN and their partners have an online petition requesting a re-working of Bill 10. More than 7000 Quebecers have already signed, according to newswire, and you can by heading here. Read up more on how Bill 10 will affect health care services in Quebec by reading the QCGN's brief on the bill here.

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