Invitation to users’ and residents’ committees
At the request of the RPCU (Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers). The CHU Sainte-Justine Users’ Committee is circulating this petition, which it urges the users of Hôpital Sainte-Justine, the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant, École Victor-Doré, École La Passerelle, École Joseph-Charbonneau, École Jean-Piaget (CSDL), and École Ludger-Duvernay et Annexe Charlevoix to sign.
Please find enclosed all relevant information on this topic sent by the RPCU to the CHU Sainte-Justine Users’ Committee.
Thank you for your participation!
RPCU press conference on March 18: Launch of the “YES to access, NO to cuts” petition.
From left to right: Claude Ménard, President, RPCU; Pierre Blain, Director General, RPCU; Guy Laurion, Vice-president, FSSS-CSN. Photo: Claude Guillet.
Montréal, March 18, 2014 – During a press conference held this morning in Montréal, the Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers (RPCU) of the health and social services network launched a petition, “YES to access, NO to cuts,” which it is asking all citizens to sign.
The Québec government’s latest budget reflects a decrease in the annual rate of increase in spending in the health and social services sectors, which will result in a reduction in services across the network: hospitals, university hospital centres, HSSCs, CHSLDs, youth centres, rehabilitation centres (CRD, CRDI-TED, CRDP), mental health, home care, etc.
“A reduction in services has a direct impact on access to and quality of care and services in the form of longer delays and longer waiting lists. There’s no question that it has consequences on public health and on population health,” explained Claude Ménard, president of the RPCU.
Against the backdrop of Québec’s electoral campaign and on the eve of the first leaders’ debate, the RPCU is asking the province’s political parties to commit to:
• not reducing access to care and services offered to users of the health and social services network;
• maintaining the range and quality of care and services offered;
• ensuring that budget cuts do not affect the care and services offered to users of the health and social services network;
• reforming the governance of the health and social services network to ensure real and effective citizen participation.
The public health and social services system in Québec is funded largely by its citizens, who are entitled to express their collective opinion regarding access to the care and services they pay for. “We have 8,000,000 users in Québec. The services exist to help the people who need them, namely the users, a fact that’s enshrined in a law that was passed by our parliamentarians and, logically speaking, elected officials have an obligation to act in accordance with the laws they create. So, we encourage all citizens to sign this petition,” stated Pierre Blain, Director General, RPCU.
Signature of the petition
• The petition can be signed online: http://www.petitions24.net/sante__oui_a_laccessibilite_non_aux_reductions
• Short address:
• The paper version of the petition can be downloaded at:
About the RPCU
The Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers (RPCU) defends users’ rights and is the spokesperson for the 600 users’ and residents’ committees of Québec’s health and social services institutions. The mission of the users’ and residents’ committees is to defend users’ rights and to improve the quality of services offered to the users of the health and social services network. Eighty-three percent of the users’ and residents’ committees in Québec are members of the RPCU. The RPCU also defends the rights of seniors.