MUHC, Drainville butt heads at charter hearings

Representatives from the McGill University Health Centre were in Quebec city today to present their brief before the public hearings on the PQ's secularism charter.

The MUHC's director-general Normand Rinfret made it clear — they will respect the law of Quebec, even if they believe the charter should be withdrawn. He insisted, among other things, that it will make it more difficult to keep and attract highly skilled doctors and nurses to the MUHC, and would threaten the MUHC's worldwide reputation.

Rinfret also insisted dozens of current staff members would leave their staff for Ontario and other places because of the contentious article that bans the wearing of religious symbols — at a time when Quebec desperately needs doctors and nurses.

Minister Bernard Drainville, meanwhile, dismissed the argument that the accommodation issue isn't a problem at the MUHC, and has never been, pointing out that some health unions, most notably the FIQ nurses union, disagree.

Drainville continued to press the point, asking if the MUHC did accommodate members of certain religious and cultural groups.

Rinfret said they do what they can in order to honor its mandate of providing good and respectful care for everyone.

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  1. clint posted on 02/20/2014 04:09 PM
    Pauline "Mad-Dog" Marois
    Bernie Deadville and J.F. Sleezy
    are taking down all the names of those who spoke against the Charter of Intolerance...... and will retaliate when hospital budgets are renewed
  2. Campbell Hendery posted on 02/20/2014 06:12 PM
    M. Rinfret and the MUHC, as usual, mouthed gormless platitudes.
    So it seems the EMSB and JGH are the only ones willing to come out and do the right thing. Shameful, but typical of how the MUHC behaves in respect of everything. A star chamber when issuing fiats but kow towing lap dog in public.
    Then again the MUHC is a hospital that, when open, will be void of dialysis, doctor's offices and the unfinished list goes on. The Board ?
    AWOL comme d'habitude. The flowers that bloom in the spring Tra La.
  3. George73 posted on 02/21/2014 03:42 PM
    Drainville. In Engish, the discharge pipe from a city.

    Enough said.
  4. clint posted on 02/24/2014 09:36 AM
    Pauline ...Little
    Marois.....dweller at or near a marsh.
  5. sam posted on 02/24/2014 06:30 PM
    The headline is priceless ! "MUHC, Drainville butt heads at charter hearings". Buttheads indeed !!!
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