Personal medical data: the CAQ votes against consultations
A few weeks ago, the Minister of the Economy Pierre Fitzgibbon raised the possibility that personal medical data could be used to attract investments here and that it would be a winner for Quebec.
Share September 23, 2020 10:18 am Updated at 6:26 pm Share Personal medical data: the CAQ votes against consultations Patrice Bergeron The Canadian Press The elected Caquists refused, Wednesday, the holding of consultations on the transmission of personal medical data to pharmaceutical companies.
The CAQ members, who are in the majority in the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services, voted against this Quebec solidaire (QS) proposal, arguing that this is a hypothetical scenario.
Yet just a few weeks ago, the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, argued that this confidential data could be used to attract business investment here and that it would be “a winner” for Quebec.
However, the spokesperson for elected Caquists, MP Ian Lafrenière, maintains that it is not relevant to hear from experts on this issue, since there is still no bill that has been tabled. .
“There is no need at that time to go and do this work with a blank sheet, while there is no demand, there is no interest at the moment. “, He declared at a press conference in the hall of the parliament.
The Caquist deputies united in defeating the QS proposal, but Mr. Lafrenière assured that “we are able to do our work in a non-partisan way”.
QS took the defeat with “great displeasure”. The party recalled that its proposal had nevertheless received the support in particular of the Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec, the Association of Psychologists and the Association of Health Information Managers.
“Enough, the test balloons, enough, the inflammatory statements,” denounced the co-spokesperson for QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, at a press conference.
“So set up a parliamentary commission to dispel doubts, so that we shed light on the government's intentions in terms of sharing medical data.”
According to him, it is a refusal which “undermines the credibility of the government”.
Remember that the transfer of non-nominative medical information takes place in some states such as France, Scotland, and even Ontario, with tags.