Agreement-in-principle between Québec city and the residents

News 30 March, 2018
  • QMI agency

    Friday, 30 march 2018 17:37

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    QUEBEC | An agreement in principle has been reached between Québec and the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (FMRQ), announced by the minister of Health, on Friday.

    In a statement, his office pointed out that “the agreement in principle recognizes the contribution of resident physicians within the health network”. “It complies with the fiscal framework of the government and is consistent with all agreements entered into with other State employees and health professionals.”

    In recent months, the Fédération des médecins residents had made several public appearances, denounced the conditions of work including hours of work.

    Medical residents work an average 72 hours per week, day, evening, night and weekend, had stressed the Federation in a press release earlier in march. “Not only is the minister apparently not recognize our work, said dr Lemieux, but he asks that we do it more, while 55 % of our members are showing symptoms of burnout!” declared the president of the Federation, Dr. Christopher Lemieux.

    At the beginning of February, the Federation announced that the four associations of medical residents of Quebec were to adopt, “in proportions ranging from 96 % to 99 %, a resolution aimed at putting in place a means of pressure up to the general strike”. Different means of pressure had followed, including a day without teaching, during which some 3,600 physicians, residents of Quebec were not teaching medical students and other health professionals in their communities.

    The content of the agreement-in-principle announced by the minister Barrette will be presented to the members of the FMRQ. Their previous collective agreement has expired since 31 march 2015.