(SHERBROOKE) The member for Sherbrooke and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, Luc Fortin, is not able to guarantee that more cuts will not affect the CIUSSS Estrie – CHUS next year.
Despite the fact that the budget of the Quebec government is now in balance, the possibility that other cuts were announced in the Estrie and the health network is not ruled out, suggested Mr. Fortin.
“We made great efforts to keep the budget balanced. This has also been highlighted by the rating agencies have revised upward the outlook for Quebec. It just shows that our discipline has paid off. If we did, it is precisely to identify leeway for social services. We made significant reinvestments in education, $ 1.2 billion over the next three years, “he said.
“It is important to maintain a balanced budget and do the right things to maintain this balance, but at the same time what we want is to give more flexibility to invest in social services.”
Will the cuts are now complete, did you ask him?
“It always depends on the economic outlook, he said. There are market fluctuations, there are fluctuations of income for the government. Do we want to do others? Obviously the answer is no. At the same time, we must maintain a balanced budget. And if we have to make choices, choices will be made that will have the least impact, “said the deputy minister on the sidelines of a press conference where he delivered the results of the last parliamentary session.
Recall that the CIUSSS Estrie – CHUS last week announced cuts of $ 25 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and, after making cuts to the tune of $ 42 million in 2014-2015, for a total of $ 67 million in two years on a budget of $ 1.2 billion.
If the cuts so far have mainly affected the administrative aspects of the network, there are many who believe that access and quality of care are already affected by the measures imposed by Quebec in the name of budgetary rigor.