CHUS Budget 2014-2015 – Difficult choices ahead
Themembers of the CHUS’ Board of Directors ratified the 2014-2015 budget, totaling $476 million, in July. The final expenses for 2013-2014 totaled $475 million. “The directive from the Ministry of Health and Social Services ( MSSS) is to preserve patient services with practically the same money as last year; however, with an anticipated increase in activities and costs of 3 to 4 %, it will be difficult,” commented the president of the CHUS Board, Jacques Fortier.
For this year only, the CHUS must make up $8.8 million. These compressions add to those already demanded by the government since 2010 and which total $13.5 million. “We are willing to contribute to the recovery of public finances. The CHUS has been among the establishments that present balanced budgets year after year, as required by the Ministry. The members of the Board and the hospital’s management are ready to go along with this, but there are limits and the choices will be difficult in the coming months,” added Mr. Fortier.
Knowing that there would be budget cuts, the management of the CHUS has already put in place the following measures to deal with them.
Concerning personnel, there is a hiring freeze until further notice except for care personnel. All additional personnel will be re-evaluated.
Clinical services will be maintained in the present accommodations. There will not be any additions of space or any short term development (no new operating rooms, no new external clinics, etc.). The CHUS will discontinue trying new, specialized medical equipment, often more costly. It will intensify its efforts to favour less expensive medications over the new generations of molecules that all have the same clinical effects.
The CHUS management has already considerably reduced the number of development projects. Besides the Centre mere-enfant, management will continue to prioritize five projects all connected to the clinical sector (care safety, volumetric pumps, adapted approach to seniors, recruitment strategies for new nurses, the CHUS performance system). The only development projects that might get started are those financed by the MSSS or those that are self-financed through a reduction of equivalent costs.
The CHUS created a financial intervention group last June. “The mandate of this group is to aim for a balanced budget for March of 2015. To do this, it will closely follow the evolution of expenses throughout the year. Our personnel has also been asked to submit any ideas that could help us attain this objective,” said Dr. Stephane Tremblay, the Director General.
Finally, Dr. Tremblay would like to reassure the public that the clinical teams will make all efforts necessary to maintain the quality of care. “I thank in advance our doctors and our health professionals, because they are already collaborating through their constant devotion toward the patients.”