Did you know there are 800,000 Quebeckers without a family physician? 800,000!!
And the medical authorities keep telling us every day there’s no quick fix to this situation. Well, there’s a partial fix. It begins with the hundreds of foreign trained doctors reduced to driving cabs because the College of Physicians and Surgeons is still dragging its feet on recognizing foreign medical degrees.
The current situation is that MDs from other countries, who have passed exams, must still do a residency at a Quebec hospital. These residencies are very hard to get. Some 63 were unfilled as of last July.
Couldn’t the College speed up the system whereby foreign MDs are allowed to practise in Quebec and so reduce the critical shortage of family physicians?
Shouldn’t the Charest government press the College so that it becomes more than a trade union for local doctors?