Quebec announces radical health reform for an exhausted system | City News

Health Minister Christian Dubé on Tuesday announced plans for historic reform of the province’s health care system by 2025.

“The pandemic has exacerbated major issues that we know are not new, but we no longer have the luxury of ignoring them,” Dubé wrote in an introduction to a paper on planned reforms, titled Plan the implementation of necessary health changes. “The system has shown its limits. Gone are the days of assessments or expertise, it’s time for action. We have already begun this transition and I hope it will continue, inspired by two main principles: providing care on a human scale and improving the performance of the health and social services network.

Planned reforms include, for staff:

• “Training, retention and massive recruitment of personnel.

• “Better organization to offer better working conditions and a better work-life balance”.

• “A reduction in administrative tasks for clinical staff.

• “Eliminating the use of compulsory overtime.”

• “Better supervision of the use of private personnel placement agencies.

• “Increased autonomy of the various health professionals and services based on interdisciplinarity and the decompartmentalization of professions.

For modernity:

• “The renovation of dilapidated CHSLDs” and hospitals.

• “New state-of-the-art hospitals allowing the addition of beds.”

Regarding the data:

• “Full access for citizens to their own health information and the best access to data for managers and researchers.”

For the elderly and vulnerable:

• A “massive shift towards home care”

• “More support and respite for caregivers.

• “The construction of seniors’ residences offering adapted living environments on a human scale.

• “Increased support for community groups.

• “Increased investigative powers regarding private seniors’ residences, CHSLDs, private and intermediary resources.

• “Better quality meals for our seniors in CHSLDs.

The entire document is available, in French, on https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/fichiers/2021/21-210-216E.pdf

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