Private health agencies in Quebec launch legal challenge to new law limiting their use – CBC

Agencies say their nurses and other health-care workers provide an essential service

May 02, 2024

The association representing private health agencies in Quebec, Entreprises Privées de personnels soignants du Québec (EPPSQ), has launched a legal challenge to Bill 10, the law that aims to eliminate the province’s reliance on such agencies to address chronic staff shortages in the health-care system.

In recent years, the province has become increasingly reliant on agencies to provide nurses and patient aids to fill its hospitals, care homes and clinics.

The law has the goal of eliminating the systematic use of such agencies by 2026.

Health Minister Christian Dubé has said he instead wants to focus on improving working conditions in the public system.

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