A fight to keep Lachine Hospital with MUHC
Politicians and health workers are putting up a united front. They've created a committee and are vowing to do whatever they can to ensure the Lachine hospital stays within the MUHC.
Lachine borough mayor Claude Dauphin, who is one of several people on this committee, says they are going to do everything in their power to make sure the Lachine hospital is not taken away from the MUHC.
"There is no limit. If we have to go to court, we will go to court. We will go as far as we can to make sure we are saving our hospital," he says.
The committee also includes Dorval mayor Edgar Rouleau, doctors, health workers, and the MNA for the riding of Marquette, Francois Ouimet. Ouimet says the health minister's declaration to seperate the institutions came out of left field.
"What is broken that is required to be fixed? We are puzzled, we don't know. Who did he talk to, who told him he has to pull Lachine out of McGill? We don't know. I think the minister has some explaining to do."
The committee is asking to meet with the health minister as soon as possible so he can explain himself. The committee does not think a language dispute is behind the plan and surely hopes not.
"And if there was one complaint, does that justify making the radical changes the minister proposes?" asks Ouimet. "There is just no sense."