Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hospital Project Still Not So Super, Doctors Say

Location for McGill Super Hospital / Vendome Metro Station

From The Montreal Gazette:

A plan to build a 700-bed French-language superhospital is a mistake and will shortchange patients looking for specialized care, the president of the federation representing Quebec's medical specialists said last night.

"You can't say that 1,000 beds for specialized medicine will be made up for by 700 beds for specialized medicine," said Gaétan Barrette, the president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes, "That's a drop in service.

"I didn't hear a thing today that contradicted anything I've said; the only thing that was new was that they're happier with less.

"But I don't know if the public will be as happy when they discover they'll have less service in their francophone university hospital."

Barrette's comments follow a news conference held by the board of the unbuilt CHUM - the Université de Montréal's superhospital. The briefing was held in the wake of several weeks of criticism - from Barrette and others - and to counter what CHUM officials described as "a thousand rumours and theories" and "information that's incomplete if not completely inaccurate."

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