The Collège des médecins Committed to Facilitate the delivery of Permits to Practice in Quebec for Physicians Trained in France

    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Over the past few months, discussions
have been underway between the Collège des médecins du Québec and the Ordre
national des médecins de France in order to reach an agreement on the mutual
recognition of the professional qualifications of physicians trained in each
jurisdiction. These talks are sufficiently advanced that, on the occasion of
today's opening of the Sommet de la Francophonie in Quebec City, the two
parties have committed to finalize their discussions by June 30, 2009.
    Once the agreement on the mobility of physicians between France and
Quebec will be reached, it will be easier for a physician trained in France to
obtain a permit to practice in Quebec, and vice versa. "The talks are
proceeding well, and we are now at the step of identifying the administrative
barriers to be removed," explained Dr. Yves Lamontagne, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Collège des médecins. "It is good to collaborate with
the team from the Ordre national des médecins de France, a group of
professionals who clearly recognize their important role and who consider the
protection of the public very much to heart."
    "In this era of globalization, the mobility of physicians becomes a
most," added Dr. Jackie Ahr, Assistant Secretary General of the Ordre national
des médecins. "I am certain that both Quebec and France will benefit from such
    Signing this declaration of intention regarding the mobility of
physicians between France and Quebec, the Collège des médecins is going to
follow up the recommendations provided at his last fall Health Summit to
improve public access to healthcare. "Without entirely resolving the shortage
of physicians in the short-term," underlined Dr. Lamontagne, "this agreement
will contribute to reduce the burden of medical shortage in some specialties.
Once again, we are moving ahead a small step, but a step in the right

    The Collège des médecins du Québec is the province's professional order
of physicians. The mission of the Collège is to promote quality medicine in
order to protect the public and help improve the health of Quebecers.

For further information:

For further information: Ms. Anne Roy, Communications Department,
Collège des médecins du Québec, (514) 915-2170

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