As the provincial government continues to evaluate the future form of the health and social service sectors, it is important that the English-speaking community is aware of the potential impact the legislation will have on our community as well as all Quebecers.
This past October Townshippers’ Association, as part of our mandate and mission to speak on behalf of the members of our regions English-speaking community, presented a brief in response to the reforms proposed in Bill 10. One of the primary concerns is that the current health and social services centers (CSSS), as well as regional health agencies, will be abolished and replaced with new institutions called Centres intégrée de santé et services sociaux (CISSS). Currently, CSSS and agency’s are administered by a volunteer Board of Directors that includes of local citizens, managers in the health and social services network, as well as practitioners.
By having individuals from various fields of representation, the services can be tailored to meet the needs of the communities they serve. That unique and valuable perspective will be made extinct with the creation of the CISSS whose board will not be composed of elected individuals but members appointed by the Health Minister. English-speaking Townshippers have experienced firsthand the loss of our public institutions, with the notable exception of the school boards and the Centre de réadaptation en dépendance Foster in the Montérégie-East. We have gone from managing the health institutions we built to serve the community at large, to fighting to maintain even the most basic services in English.
Drawing from the experience in our own community, we know that to make a positive and constructive contribution to the creation and operation of the policies that impact upon our community we must be included at the decision-making levels of our local institutions.
This is where you come in. You have the power to make a difference for English-speaking patients and for those who work in the health and social services by making your voice heard. Contact your local Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNA) today with your concerns about Bill 10.
To learn more about Bill 10 and to download the brief presented by Townshippers’ Association at the recent public consultation, visit Townshippers.org/portal/bill-10/.
For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.
Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Nov 17, 2014
Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Photo Caption: Last month Townshippers’ Association Executive Director Rachel Hunting and President Gerald Cutting (not pictured) presented the association’s concerns on the impact that the reforms to health and social service proposed in Bill 10 will have on the English-speaking community.