McGill University Health Center : The CAQ and MUHC nurses’ denounce cuts to quality servicesPublished on June 29 2017
In brief :
- Gaétan Barrette must stop the crisis at the MUHC, caused by imposed budget cuts since 2012 from both the Liberals and the Péquistes
- Nursing professionals deserve more consideration, as they provide essential quality care for Montreal families
- The CAQ commits to submit a petition signed by nearly 14 000 people to Minister Barrette this September
Since 2012, the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) has been imposed budget cuts of $120 million, which have had disastrous consequences for the quality of patient care, access to treatment units and heavy workload for the nurses of the hospital, firmly denounces the Coalition Avenir Québec.
CAQ members of National Assembly for Montarville and Repentigny, Nathalie Roy and Lise Lavallée, give their support to MUHC nurses’ and cardio-respiratory professionals, who launched a petition signed by nearly 14 000 people, demanding that the liberal government stops all budget cuts initiated by the previous PQ government and perpetuated by Premier Philippe Couillard. The CAQ promises to hand over the petition to Minister Barrette in September.
Nathalie Roy calls Gaétan Barrette to stop playing with nurses’ morale and to guarantee the necessary budgets at the MUHC so that Montreal patients have access to quality care. According to Ms. Roy, it is unacceptable that because of major budget cuts, medical beds will close for the summer, patients are crammed into hallways and units remain empty due to lack of funding. The CAQ critic for public health, Lise Lavallée, added that because of the insufficient number of professionals at the hospital, some patients don’t have access to services within the promised deadlines, particularly those that require long-term care.
« For several years now, the situation has been untenable at the MUHC. The many rounds of cuts imposed by the old parties since 2012 have hurt and once again, health professionals, patients and their families are paying the price. Gaétan Barrette must stop making decisions that have negative impacts on patients and staff »
– Nathalie Roy
MNA for Montarville, chair of the CAQ caucus
« Today, MUHC nurses’ and professionals are sending a desperate cry for help that we can’t ignore. They are no longer able to carry on their shoulders the weight of Liberal’s poor management of the health care system. At the CAQ, we understand their concerns and we promise to defend them in the National Assembly. Gaétan Barrette must understand that there are human consequences to his budget cuts »
– Lise Lavallée
MNA for Repentigny, CAQ critic for public health