The president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec, Diane Francoeur, says Quebec’s medical specialists have reached a tentative agreement with the government.
The FMSQ and Quebec Treasury Board president Christian Dubé issued a joint statement Friday announcing the two sides are close to reaching a deal on salary negotiations.
The parties said they are “satisfied with the progress made in the last days,” while adding that there is still work to be done in coming weeks. They said the eventual agreement will lead to a “positive outcome for the benefit of all Quebec patients.”
Earlier this week, Dubé said he wanted the negotiations settled by Christmas, saying Premier François Legault had asked to meet that deadline.
Dubé gave both sides until Friday to come to a tentative agreement, dangling the possibility of using special legislation to impose lower pay on the specialists if not.
During the election campaign, Legault had said he wanted to reduce a specialist’s wage from $400,000 a year to $320,000, estimating the savings at about $1 billion.
Last month, he described the FMSQ’s offer of matching the $1 billion figure over four years as “insufficient.”