MONTREAL, March 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the McGill University
Hospital Centre Employees' Union (FSSS-CSN) will demonstrate in front
of the Montreal Children's Hospital at noon today to protest the MUHC
administration's refusal to share its budget-cutting plan with the
anglophone hospital centre's largest union.
According to the Baron report, released by Quebec's health and social
services ministry last December, the MUHC is facing a record deficit
that could reach $100 million, caused by the deficient management and
questionable administration of former director general Arthur Porter,
as well as by unforeseen cost increases involved in the construction of
the new super hospital at the Glen Yards.
Invited to an "information" session by the MUHC's department of human
resources last Thursday, the union's executive committee hit a wall
when it tried to ask for details concerning impacts of the cuts on
services to patients and affected hospital sectors. The union was only
provided already public information: that 200 positions will be
eliminated with a budget reduction of $28 million in this year's
budget. Other cuts totalling $22 million must be planned for 2014-15.
"We're completely in the dark," said MUHCEU president Paul Thomas. "This
is the same secretive attitude that hid Arthur Porter's financial
misdoings. It seems that we have not learned anything from this sad
The union, for its part, will not take this laying down. The CSN, Mr.
Thomas insists, has valuable expertise in workplace organization, and
employee representatives at the MUHC must be informed and consulted on
how to balance the billion-dollar budget at the hospital centre.
He notes that, with the help of an accounting expert from MCE Conseils,
the CSN has already produced a report identifying areas of spending at
the MUHC that are far higher than at other Quebec hospital centres,
notably where it concerns MUHC management.
"We're facing a financial failure caused by bad management decisions
made behind closed doors," concluded Mr. Thomas. "We must change this
way of doing things. In refusing to communicate real information about
cuts to the MUHC budget, the administration is perpetuating the culture
of secrecy and keeping the public and employees in ignorance of what is
already a fait accompli. This must change."
For further information:
For information : Lyle Stewart, CSN communications service, 514 796-2066