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"Who Killed the Queen?" Book Launch

May 28th 2008

McGill University Faculty Club

Montréal, Qc, Canada
Mr. Gordon Burr Senior Archivist, Collections Management/Digital Services of the McGill University Archives

Mr. Gordon Burr Senior Archivist, Collections Management/Digital Services of the McGill University Archives; Addressed the audience on the importance of remembering our past and the McGill Archives project to preserve documents related to community organizations.

Philip Cercone, Executive Director of McGill-Queens University Press

Philip Cercone, Executive Director of McGill-Queens University Press; spoke of the scholarly yet popular character of "Who Killed the Queen".

Dr. Martin Dawes Chair of Family Medicine of McGill University

Dr. Martin Dawes Chair of Family Medicine of McGill University warns:

"Having killed the Queen are they now removing your family physicians?

A government is judged by the effects of its actions, not its words.

We know that strong primary care is highly effective at keeping people healthier, and out of hospital. To do this requires skilled community based doctors acting as a resource to their geographically local population. It requires continuity of care to establish strong patient-doctor relationships. In essence it requires family physicians.

Is it easier or more difficult to find a family physician now than 5 years ago? What we see is an erosion of community based care and well trained family doctors are leaving the province because they can't get a permit to work here.

Right now the evidence is quite clear that this government does not believe every Quebecer should have a family physician. The evidence also strongly suggest that what they did to the Queen Elizabeth they are now doing to the whole of family medicine.

Where is the plan to reform primary care & to look after the baby boomers? While the government rejected much of the Castonguay report where is their alternative strategy to help you? The only people who will ensure that you and your family have safe effective health care are you. Quebec needs a health care strategy that all of us are more or less happy with. Your job is to demand that there is at least a process to develop that and that you as patients or future patients, are a core part of that process.

If this book teaches us anything it is to get involved earlier rather than later. Health care is everyone's responsibility. While I attend governmental meetings repeatedly calling for better access to health care my voice is small amongst all the other demands. You have to get involved if you want the health care you deserve."

Dr. John Hughes introduces author Holly Dressel.

Dr. John Hughes introduces author Holly Dressel.

Author Holly Dressel addressing attendees on the facts behind the closure of 21% of the hospital beds in Canada.

Author Holly Dressel addressing attendees on the facts behind the closure of 21% of the hospital beds in Canada.