Lachine Hospital stays with MUHC
Quebec Health Minister Réjean Hébert backtracked on his decision to disassociate the Lachine Hospital from the MUHC Thursday afternoon.
The announcement came after a report was commissioned thanks to the vocal outrage by employees, community members and politicians.
"We organized, we got a petition going online, National Assembly, locally," said MNA Francois Ouimet. "We sent letters, we were very vocal, and I think the minister came to understand especially after Lemieux's report that the right decision was for the hospital to stay within the network of the MUHC."
The Health Minister said that how much the MUHC has also invested in the hospital and how far its come since 2008, were key factors in his decision.
It was a decision everyone at the table seemed happy about.
If all the parties were in agreement to keep the relationship intact, it still isn't clear why severing the association was even on the table in the first place.
"If you remember in January, my main concern was to keep open this hospital for servicing the population of the West Island," retorted Minister Hébert. "The governance with the hospital with the MUHC is still relevant, and is still the way to develop this hospital. At the same time we have to manage a close relationship with the MUHC and the CSSS to be sure this hospital is responding to the needs of the population."
MNA Francois Ouimet highlighted a signed agreement between the government and the hospital that dates back to November 2008.
According to Ouimet, the agreement was for $63 Million in new investments, of which he says the hospital has only seen a fraction.
Once the full investment comes through, he says the Lachine Hospital could be outfitted for a new and modernized emergency room.