By QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, The Gazette
MONTREAL — The Couillard government has made it clear that its No. 1 priority is debt reduction and bringing public spending under control. Every ministry has been ordered to come forward with cost-cutting measures, including the ministry of health. It is in this context that Quebec is now pursuing mergers of health-care institutions across the island of Montreal.
Although mergers do not necessarily lead to cost savings — evidence suggests the contrary — we urge the authorities to act with extreme caution where the future of institutions designated as bilingual is concerned.