Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
The professionals of Sainte-Justine hospital are mobilizing to prevent the merger of their school with the BOYFRIEND.
The minister of Health Gaétan Barrette is committed to finding a way to ensure that the combination administration of the hospital Sainte-Justine and the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM) do not rhyme ever with their merger.
“If we must ensure the non-fusion because there are concerns, I believe that it is something that is feasible,” says Mr. Barrette in an interview with Le Devoir.
On Thursday, the Council of physicians, dentists and pharmacists (CPDP) of the Sainte-Justine hospital has launched Love. Defend. Together, let us protect the future of the CHU Sainte-Justine, a mobilization campaign in favour of the autonomy of the institution.
The staff of the pediatric hospital is concerned about the future of the institution since the merger of the management and the board of directors with the CHUM, in September 2015.
The SPDC has many supporters in this fight, including those of the Confederation of national trade unions (CSN). Professors emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Montreal have also signed a letter to denounce the “forced marriage” and request the cancellation.
In the aftermath of the reshuffle, which was spared, the minister has for the first time committed to reassure the staff of the pediatric institution. “I’m going to find a way to ensure that there will be no merger. There is a way to address this concern. I’m thinking “, he stressed.
The minister, however, insisted on the distinction between “consolidation” and ” merger “.
“The grouping has been done and it is done. There is no other step, ” he stressed. Their fear, as I understand it, is not justified, since no one wants a merger. Their approach is based entirely on a concern to see, one day, in five, ten or even twenty years, the merger of these two institutions. “
No turning back, it warns, because the new C. A. ” works very well “, he said.
The president of the CPDP, Valérie Lamarre, believes that the commitment of the minister is a step in the right direction.
However, she believes that the autonomy of the Sainte-Justine hospital will not be really guaranteed that, with independent management, which devotes itself full time to his mission.
“Instead of tinkering with a text to protect Sainte-Justine, why don’t you just give him his own C. A. and his own d. g. as provided for in article 8 of act 10 ?” she said.
In a recent interview with Le Devoir, Le p.-d. g. of the two institutions together, Fabrice Brunet, has confirmed the rumor that this grouping was his idea.
“I was offered to take the [leadership] of the CHUM, but I told them that I didn’t want to leave Sainte-Justine. The solution that we have proposed, it is a grouping, ” was entrusted to Mr. Brunet.