The Pointe-Sainte-Charles Community Clinic members’ committee invites you to a:
In 2018, the Pointe-Saint-Charles Community Clinic will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The members’ committee wishes to affirm the social and political project of the Clinic on this occasion. We invite you to a consultation meeting to come give your opinion about different social and political actions that could be part of the 50th anniversary festivities.
As a preparation for this consultation, we invite you to read the brief historical review below.
Brief History of the Clinic
In 1968, students in medicine, nursing and sociology at McGill University, concerned with lack of adequate medical services in the neighbourhood, set up the Community Clinic. It’s the first community clinic established in a popular neighborhood in Quebec. The kind of medicine they practised tied together health problems and social problems, and focused on their root causes.
The Government of Québec set up the CLSC in 1974. The Clinic asked that the legislation be broadened to include recognition of popular clinics. From that time on, the Clinic was recognized as an independent community organization with a CLSC mandate (the only one in Quebec). The Clinic is financed as a CLSC, but can maintain its citizen decision-making structure. Because it is the citizens who decide the Clinic orientations and services and ensure that it meets the needs in health and social services of thecommunity. Although the Clinic was the model for CLSCs, its autonomy was often threatened by various attempts to limit its financial autonomy. Many struggles, mobilizations and negotiations had to be conducted in order to preserve its autonomy (1971-1973, 1977-1979, 1990-1993, 2004-2007, 2014-…). Through their Annual General Assembly and the citizen-controlled Board of Directors, Community residents are responsible for making decisions about the Clinic's policies and services and ensuring that the Clinic meets the neighbourhood's health and social services needs.
The Clinic's policies are driven by a central conviction: access to free, universal and public health and social services is an essential social right and it is non-negotiable.
For the Clinic it is clear - overall conditions of life and especially social and economic conditions are the most important determinants of people’s health. As a centre for citizen mobilisation, the Clinic has always taken its responsibilities seriously, working for social justice through social change, defending the social and economic rights of citizens while working closely with other community organizations.
For more information, visit our website page «History - A bit of background»