MUHC doctors call for tougher anti-charter stance

The head of the McGill University Health Centre says the organization is against the secular charter, although they have yet to release an official position on the bill.

McGill health centre to release a formal position on Bill 60 by end of December

The head of the McGill University Health Centre says the organization is against the secular charter, although they have yet to release an official position on the bill.

Last night, at the MUHC’s annual general meeting, several doctors criticized the health care centre’s management for failing to take a strong stance against Bill 60, the PartiQuébécois’s proposed secular charter.

MUHC neurologist Dr. Michael Rasminsky said it’s time the MUHC sends a message.

“We should be leading the parade rather than following it,” Rasminsky said.

Last month, the Jewish General Hospital came out strongly against the bill, which would prohibit Quebec doctors and nurses from wearing overt religious symbols.

Today management at the MUHC responded to Rasminsky’s pleas, and said they expect to release their official position on the charter in the next few weeks.

“We are clearly saying we oppose the charter of values,” said MUHC CEO Norman Rinfret.

Rinfret said management is in the middle of internal consultations on the charter, and he encouraged staff to share their views.

Rinfret said he expects those consultations to wrap up in about a week.

The MUHC then plans to have a formal position ready to give the government later this month.

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