6. The additional functions of the national medical director are
(1) to establish national standards of pre-hospital care and equipment and ensure that the standards are implemented, complied with and evaluated;
(2) to make recommendations to the Minister on the level of clinical qualification required of players in the organization of pre-hospital emergency services, participate in interministerial coordination work relating to the determination of initial training programs, and establish national continuing education programs;
(3) to promote research and public awareness concerning pre-hospital emergency services;
(4) to participate in the development and maintenance of management information systems intended for performance analysis and quality enhancement in pre-hospital emergency services;
(5) to establish national policies on the quality of pre-hospital emergency care;
(6) to participate in the preparation of the national civil protection plan provided for in section 80 of the Civil Protection Act (chapter S-2.3) in conjunction with the other ministers and heads of government bodies concerned ; and
(7) to define and exercise the clinical authority necessary to maintain the standards of quality determined by the Minister with respect to the services provided and the qualification of the service providers;
(8) to determine, with a view to awarding equivalencies to persons wishing to act as ambulance technicians, standards for recognizing certificates and other forms of official occupational certification and standards for recognizing prior training and experience, and to take the measures needed to facilitate such recognition.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, the national medical director may have access to certain personal or non-personal information held by a health communication centre or an agency and necessary for any of those purposes.
If the national medical director is of the opinion that a regional medical director designated under section 17 is not complying with the general policies, policies and standards or observing the protocols determined pursuant to sections 3 and 6, the national medical director may address his or her recommendations to the board of directors of the agency to which the regional medical director is responsible.
A copy of the recommendations may be transmitted by the national medical director to the Minister and, if the national medical director considers it necessary, to the Collège des médecins du Québec.
2002, c. 69, s. 6; 2005, c. 32, s. 308; 2009, c. 43, s. 10.