Cutbacks forcing MUHC to offload patients
The MUHC has announced that soon, it'll be seeing fewer of its patients, as its shifts its priorities.
By next spring, doctors at the MUHC will no longer see thousands of patients with seasonal allergies, immune disorders, or skin conditions.
And some of the doctors themselves will be leaving the MUHC to open private offices.
Dr. Joyce Pickering, the interim MUHC physician in chief, says the Montreal Health and Social Services agency is demanding the changes be made, to cut costs, and to alter the MUHC's mission somewhat.
"The MUHC's focus is going to shift a bit," Dr. Pickering says, "We're clearly increasing in the complex care areas, and we're clearly decreasing in the primary and secondary care areas.
She insists, though, that patients will not be forced out of the system while the changes are made.
Dr. Pickering also says this isn't something the MUHC is going along with entirely willingly, and will lobby to have the Agency's plan altered.