Bill prompts call for Quebec to recognize systemic racism in health system – paNOW

Sep 12, 2023

Quebec’s College of Physicians says the government is taking a “paternalistic and colonialist” approach with new legislation aimed at improving the treatment of Indigenous people in the health network.

The professional order overseeing the province’s doctors was the first group to testify at two days of consultations on a bill aimed at instituting a “cultural safety approach” toward Indigenous patients.

The college says in a written brief presented to a legislature committee that it will be hard for the government to ensure care is provided with respect for a patient’s cultural identity if it does not first acknowledge the systemic racism in the health network.

The college says the scope of the cultural safety bill should be broadened to include all vulnerable groups, including Indigenous groups, who it says must be given a role in drafting the bill.

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