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Senior Editor and Public Policy Analyst
Patrick Déry holds a bachelor of law degree and a certificate in journalism from Laval University. He developed his own retail business for nine years before selling it to devote himself to journalism. He was deputy editor-in-chief of Trente, the magazine of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, from 2006 to 2011. He also worked as a copy editor for Le Journal de Montréal, the Métro newspaper, and La Presse, where he managed the editorial pages from 2013 to 2015. He has a particular interest in health care and education public policy, and in small businesses. He joined the MEI team in January 2017.
Viewpoint showing that to ensure the best possible access to care, health professionals should be able to use all their skills
Quebec’s Health Minister recently announced that she wanted specialized nurse practitioners (SNPs) to be able to make diagnoses, as is the case everywhere else in Canada. The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) ended up making peace with the idea, while the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) is still not on board, claiming that this act must be reserved to physicians. Is this resistance justified?
Viewpoint showing that emergency room wait times are stagnating, and calling for pilot projects of privately managed hospitals within the public system
“Hospitals: Quebec brings order to emergency rooms — No patient will stay more than 48 hours,” ran a front-page headline in La Presse on March 11... 1980! Last year, the minister of health repeated this ultimatum. Waiting times at emergency rooms have been making news for a long time. Data released this past spring suggest that the situation has improved and that waiting times have declined, especially for patients on stretchers. What is actually going on?