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Health minister commits to visit region

  • A new hospital was promised by the previous Liberal government for 2018.
    A new hospital was promised by the previous Liberal government for 2018.
    Photo credit: Image courtesy CSSS Vaudreuil-Soulanges

It’s no hospital, but the local MNAs will take it.

Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois said Health Minister Réjean Hébert has promised to visit the region in the next month to better understand the needs of the local population.

Planning for a new hospital, promised by the previous government for 2018 has been delayed since the election of the Parti Québécois in September. A site was supposed to have been chosen last fall. Local officials say the government only has until March to choose the site, otherwise the hospital’s delivery date will be pushed to 2019.

A joint statement released Thursday afternoon by Charlebois and Vaudreuil MNA Yvon Marcoux said the two representatives asked Hébert about the project in a parliamentary commission hearing. Hébert said the planning process is continuing, and promised that plans to build a new ambulatory clinic for the CSSS in Vaudreuil-Dorion – slated to open later this year – are proceeding on schedule.

He accepted an invitation to visit the region in the next four weeks and meet the local players, so he can get a better understanding of the issues.

“We’re counting a lot on this visit so we can get an update and find out what the next steps will be,” Marcoux said.

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