CHUS Bud­get 2014-2015 – Dif­fi­cult choices ahead

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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.”

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