Government sets up advisory group to assess healthcare needs for Quebec anglos

Quebec's English-speaking communities are one step closer to having more of a say on access to healthcare services in English.

The Quebec government announced that it's greenlighted the creation of a revamped provincial advisory committee that will monitor healthcare services in English and provide recommendations on how what's needed and where.

The revised committee was held up by the merger nearly three years ago of health care agencies overseeing services in different regions in the province.

The committee will be made up of 11 people:
• Four from Montreal and Laval with at least three in the Montreal region;
• One from the Montérégie;
• One from the Eastern Townships;
• One from the Outaouais;
• Four from the rest of the province.

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said he's confident the committee will be selected by July at the latest.

"I'm not pretending to present before you something that will be perfect but I can guarantee you that this will improve things," Barrette told a news conference.

"Above all, you will have a voice, you will have the capacity to express your positions at the proper level."

Regional committees will also be created to help provide recommendations for the new access to healthcare plans.