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Christian Dubé promises “solutions” to the SABSA clinic

Photo: Ryan Remiorz archives The Canadian Press “These people are doing an excellent job,” repeated the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, during an exchange with Québec solidaire in parliament on Wednesday.

Isabelle Porter in Quebec

April 11, 2024

  • Quebec

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, committed Wednesday to “finding solutions” to the financial precariousness of the SABSA clinic in Quebec, and this, within a shorter time frame than what was announced.

“These people are doing an excellent job,” the minister repeated during an exchange with Québec solidaire in parliament on Wednesday. “We will find solutions,” he also mentioned.

Opposition MPs wanted him to commit to quickly offering sustainable funding to the organization.

As revealed Le Devoir on Saturday, the cooperative which has been caring for the most deprived populations of Quebec for ten years is not eligible for the program funding for nursing clinics launched by the government in 2022.

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Close deadlines

The ministry has since publicly committed to producing a financial framework specific to non-network clinics like SABSA. However, the latter claims to have received indications from the ministry that this should be done within two years, a deadline considered too long.

On Wednesday, Minister Dubé maintained that this deadline was “inexact” and that the ministry's framework would be ready sooner.

According to our information, the new framework would make it possible to resolve SABSA's financial situation once and for all by providing it with lasting financing.

The ministry also believes it will be able to submit this framework by the end of 2024. On Friday, its communications department stated that it was “in drafting”.

Mr. Dubé finally showed himself open to visiting the organization's premises as suggested to him by Québec solidaire MP Étienne Grandmont. “It will be my pleasure, in the coming months, to be able to do it. »

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