The QMA Congratulates Dr. Gaétan Barrette on His Appointment to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux

Montréal, April 23, 2014 - The Québec Medical Association (QMA) congratulates Dr. Gaétan Barrette on being appointed to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and to the Cabinet of the new government.

Dr. Barrette's extensive experience in health care as a radiology specialist and as the former president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec will be an asset in fulfilling his new duties.

The Québec Medical Association will be paying close attention to how the Québec Liberal Party (PLQ) follows through on the commitments and promises it made during the election campaign, especially related to health care funding and the reorganization of care in order to make efficiency gains. Optimizing clinical practice and overdiagnosis are among the QMA's priority issues and the Association plans to continue its work in this area with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

The QMA will also keep a vigilant watch on government action regarding a potential bill related to end-of-life care. It maintains that the legislative framework proposed by Bill 52, which was the subject of a parliamentary commission, respects the right of access to these services for the public, and the right to conscientious objection for physicians.

The QMA wishes Dr. Barrette and all members of the new Cabinet, the best of luck in carrying out their new duties. The QMA offers the government its medical leadership and full collaboration to help advance any issues that involve medical practice in Québec.

About the Québec Medical Association

The Québec Medical Association is made up of close to 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together members of the Québec medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in the best interests of the health of Quebecers.


Denise Pelletier
Communications Coordinator
Québec Medical Association
514 866-0660, 1 800 363-3932