Family doctors will have to take appointments, declare their hours under new system
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(Cathy Senay/ CBC News) — The Quebec government has tabled a new bill that aims to improve front-line services by forcing family doctors to declare their hours and take appointments through a new online system.

Bill 11 would make family doctors put their working schedule in a central appointment booking system, which would  …

Quebec to bring back publicly covered IVF as of Nov. 15
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A new law that allows Quebec families one round of publicly covered in vitro fertilization treatment will take effect just next week, the province announced Wednesday, while announcing the details of the law.

After weeks and even years of anticipation, after the last such coverage ended in 2015,  …

Hand-washing, no yelling ‘trick-or-treat’: Quebec offers up pandemic Halloween rules
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(Morgan Lowrie/ CTV News) — Quebec kids are being asked not to yell ‘trick-or-treat’ as they go door-to-door for candy and to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy this Halloween.

The province’s Health Department today published a list of guidelines to help celebrate the holiday safely amid the ongoing  …

Thousands of Quebec doctors are preparing to retire
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(Jocelyne Richer/ The Canadian Press) — The anticipated exodus of aging doctors has already started and will increase in the months and years to come, making access to a family doctor even more precarious, of which 20% of Quebecers are deprived.

In this context, everything indicates that the commitment made by François  …

Civil rights lawyer wants PREM system for doctors declared unconstitutional
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(Jacob Serebrin/ The Canadian Press) — Montreal-based civil rights lawyer Julius Grey said Friday he will ask a judge next week to suspend Quebec’s system for determining how many family doctors can practise in a specific region of the province.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Christian Dubé reduced the number of new  …

The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation tackles diagnostic delays
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(The Canadian Press) — Exasperated by the wait to obtain a breast cancer diagnosis, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is launching a pilot project to determine where the bottlenecks are, support women awaiting such a diagnosis and, to ultimately, reduce waiting times.

The foundation launched, Friday in Montreal,   …

Nurses say pandemic experience pushing them out of Quebec hospitals
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(Jacob Serebrin/ CBC News) — Nursing students and recent graduates from Quebec nursing programs say working conditions in the public health-care system are driving them to the private sector, further exacerbating a shortage of nurses in provincial hospitals.

Audrey-Ann Bissonnette-Clermont, 27, graduated  …

Quebec nurses pan ‘barbaric’ working conditions amid staffing crisis in ERs
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(Sabrina Jonas/ CBC News) — Nurses in Quebec are detailing the dismal work conditions that are prompting them to leave the public sector in droves, departures that have triggered a staffing crisis at emergency rooms across the province.

They are also pushing the provincial government to take more drastic steps to address  …