The Anglophone community can put its mind at ease. Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says he will not approve the merger that would cost the last adult Anglo rehabilitation centre in the province its legal right to serve clients in English, as it is designed now.
The Constance-Lethbridge rehab centre in NDG cannot merge with three other francophone centres across the island without the health minister's approval.
“I was quite clear that in no way I will accept any merger or whatever restructuring that will affect Anglophone’s access to care in their own language,” Gaetan Barrette said.
Constance-Lethbridge said it needs the merger to save costs, something Barette asked them to do.
“This is something I asked them to do, to think of ways to save money, this is the direction they’re taking, they’ll present the results of their work and we will see. We have ideas also that we will confront them with and at the end of the day we will make a decision. But the objective has been clear, optimization without touching services.”
Constance-Lethbridge declined an interview with CJAD but said it would issue a statement by the end of day.