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Quebec doctors stage protest over contract changes

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.296/a (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:296
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Doctors wearing laboratory coats protested outside the Quebec National Assembly as parliamentarians passed a law forcing the province's 17000 general practitioners to staff hospital emergency rooms 24 hours a day when called upon by regional health boards.

    The law will expire by the end of the year, but the doctors say that other new legislation proposed for the autumn is worse: it will change their status from independent, self employed professionals to contractual employees of the government. The doctors say that by laying down where they can work and under what conditions the autumn …

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