Quebec faces hospital closures to balance books

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1389
  1. DAVID SPURGEON, freelance journalist
  1. Quebec

    Some of Montreal's federalists, who narrowly defeated the separatists in Quebec's recent referendum, have expressed dismay at the announcement that five acute care hospitals in Montreal will be closed and others converted to chronic care facilities.

    Three of the five hospitals earmarked for closure by the separatist Parti Quebecois provincial government serve primarily English speaking communities in the western part of Montreal island, where support for sovereignty for Quebec proved weakest in the referendum. The decision to close them was made in the face of strenuous …

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