By Robin Della Corte
The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced budget cuts for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to the Laval regional health authority (ASSS) totaling $6,633,500.
Four health establishments will be affected by these budget cuts: Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Laval, with a cut of $ 5,029,958, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital $429,624, Centre Jeunesse de Laval $789,598, Centre de Réadaptation en Déficience Intellectuelle et en Troubles Envahissants du Développement de Laval: $384,320.
“Every health facility in Quebec faces the same optimization measures by the health minister,” ASSS Laval spokesperson Sophie Meley- Daoust said. “These optimization measures include Law 100, which requires that one employee can be replaced for every two who retire.”
Meley-Daoust stated that all four centres have until April 25 to submit their detailed budget cut to the Laval regional health authority, including the additional efforts required.
“There are many different reasons for these measures,” Meley-Daoust said. “The cuts are to administrative expenses and involve reducing overhead and work hours, among other things.”
The government says that the reductions are part of their effort to reduce the non-medical costs of delivering health care.
However, Meley-Daoust confirmed that none of the pending budget cuts will affects jobs or medical service in Laval.
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