Over a dozen positions will be cut at three major CLSCs that serve a large portion of Montreal.
About 1.2 million dollars worth of cuts at the CLSC Métro, CLSC Côte-des-Neiges and CLSC Parc-Extension means residents in those boroughs, and downtown, will have less access to services from nurses, social workers and dental hygienists.
“As the years pass and we look at budget cuts at some point we have to look at cutting programs, it’s gets more difficult,” Marc Sougavinski, the director general of the CSSS de la Montage, which groups all three CLSCs said.
“The government says there’s no cuts in services, that’s not true, they’re cutting and there will be more, this is just the first,” Daniel Dubé, the employee union spokesperson said
Dubé says there have been cuts over the last 4-5 years but this is the first time they impact front line workers.
“It scares us a lot, we’ve never seen that much cuts in direct services to the population, we never faced that before.”
Sougavinski says they will be evaluating the cuts.
“We’re committed to check the impact on the population and readjusting accordingly,” he said.