discriminatory practices interview in health facilities – Young doctors looking for a position discriminated on the basis of their intention to have children

Portrait of a doctor with two of her co-workers talking with a patient in the background
Portrait of a doctor with two of her co-workers talking with a patient in the background
MONTREAL, 24 Nov, 2016. / CNW Telbec / – “Some employers in health facilities have discriminatory practices against the medical reports.
Following a survey conducted by the Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec (FMRQ) following allegations of some of its members, nearly a third of residents are actually asking discriminatory questions via their representatives in the context of an interview to get a job in the health network, or whether they or they had children or wanted to have in the near future “, said today Dr. Christopher Lemieux , president of the Federation of medical residents Quebec. “This practice is unacceptable to continue Lemieux doctor. And it is particularly worrying that the number of posts for doctors finishing their training is increasingly restricted in certain specialties. ” Resident told us they feared that their male counterparts are preferred for positions, because of the fact they have children or plan to have them. “In 2016, I do not understand that we still poses such questions in interviews for a position to support Dr. Lemieux.

The medical profession has a majority of women in training, or 61%. They pursue a career in all specialties, medical, surgical and laboratory. It is time that those responsible for these interviews in the network realize it and recognize their contribution to accessibility to care and the health system in general. ” It has to stop It is clear that some medical residents were victims of discrimination when they applied for a job. “These practices are discriminatory under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Quebec and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms , particularly affecting the rights of individuals because of their sex, pregnancy or ‘civil status. These issues have nothing to do with the competence or the requirements to hold a medical officer in the health network. Besides an organization may collect such information by law.

“The Ministry of Health and Social Services must get the message to people who perform the job interviews, and there are many, both within departments, with the directors of professional services or even to presidents general -directeurs of CISSS, CIUSSS, institutes and other institutions in Quebec, concluded Dr. Lemieux. We can not accept such an approach, and we will denounce any situations that are reported to us in this regard. ” Doctors who work in institutions and regional departments of general medicine (DRMG), but also the Quebec Federation of General Practitioners (FMOQ) and the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec (FMSQ), representing physicians who assume this responsibility must also take note of this practice and intervene in such situations. The Quebec government requires doctors to ensure access to care. It forms a majority of women in all medical disciplines. He is the only “employer” of doctors in Quebec.

It must act to correct the situation. Some survey findings Seven hundred and seventy-two (772) resident physicians responded to the survey. Of the 419 respondents who said they had been interviewed for a position, nearly one in four (24.1%) were asked if they had children. Nearly one in four (24.8%) were also asked if they intended to have children. In total, 31.5% of surveyed residents and residents had to answer at least one question on their parenting. Moreover, it is generally women who are asking these questions during the interview. For example, only 14% of surveyed men have been wondering about their intention to have children, against 30% in women. Respondents also raised comments made during their interviews. Among the comments made by an interviewer and reported by respondents, we selected one that greatly worried: “Young women doctors who start their practice and who want to become pregnant, it does not make me nightmares, but almost.” The Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec The Quebec Federation of Medical Residents groups the four associations of doctors residents of Faculties of Medicine of Montreal, McGill, Sherbrooke and Laval in Quebec City. It has about 3600 members, a quarter of which was destined for a family practice. Other pursuing training in one of 53 other specialties recognized in Quebec. Of these, 39% are men and 61% women. The duration of postgraduate training in family medicine is two years; that of specialists ranges from five to six years, depending on the chosen specialty. SOURCE Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec

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