For months, a group protesting planned cuts to services at the Suroît Hospital in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield has been sounding the alarm about possible mismanagement at the Montérégie-Ouest Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSMO). The spokesperson for the Sauvons le Centre Mère-Enfant movement, Edith Gariépy, says she is pleased with the decision to replace former president and CEO Yves Masse.
Gariépy says she will request a meeting with interim CEO Lise Verreault. “We want her to address not only the CISSSMO’s staff retention problems, but also the accessibility of health services throughout the region,” says Gariépy. The CISSSMO has maintained it intends to relocate at least 10 services to the new hospital being built in Vaudreuil. The move has sparked a vocal protest movement that has ignited the public against this move.
“The loss of these services will have a snowball effect,” Gariépy explains, suggesting it may lead to an exodus of doctors and specialists. “This decision will jeopardize access to services for our vulnerable populations, harm the local economy, and increase demands on municipalities and community groups for support.”