The MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges says it should be involved in the selection process for a plot of land for a new hospital.
Promised for 2018, the hospital’s planning process is now in the hands of the province’s ministry of health. The MRC has done its part, selecting 27 potential sites, and then narrowing that list down to the best seven for the province to consider.
But that’s not good enough, said Guy-Lin Beaudoin, the general manager of the regional body.
“We did the studies, and we have an intricate knowledge of the area and its people,” Beaudoin said.
The MRC sent a letter to Quebec’s health minister last week saying it would like its bureaucrats to be included in the process, and those of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. The letter was made public on Thursday.
But while the regional body wants to be included, Beaudoin said it also wants a decision on the site to be made soon. The process is already delayed, and if there isn’t a site selected by the end of next month, the hospital’s delivery date will move into 2019, Beaudoin said.
He added time is running out because developers are snapping up some of the proposed sites already. Of the first 27 site identified, fewer than 20 remain.
“It’s normal; this is a region that’s booming.”
Once the site is chosen, the MRC then must either freeze the land or buy it outright, Beaudoin said, to prevent its value from rising too high.