Dr. Serge Langlois, President of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ), has sent Danielle McCann, the new Minister of Health and Social Services, a congratulatory letter. In it, he expresses his delight at her appointment and encourages her to begin a new era of constructive, solution-based dialogue in relations between the Quebec government and dentists.
“The sensitivity that your political party showed to children’s needs and healthcare improvements throughout the election campaign makes us optimistic about the future and hopeful that the negotiations concerning the conditions on which dentistry is practiced under the public dental plan will resume immediately,” wrote Dr. Langlois.
It should be mentioned that the agreement between dentists and the MSSS (Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux) expired over three years ago and that the previous government’s strategy was to stall the negotiations. More specifically, that government refused to compromise in any way on the setbacks it sought to impose on dentists and even reneged on promises that all of its predecessors had made.
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