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Barrette looking for the gold standard" (Montreal Gazette, Sept. 20)

I find it both ironic and tragic that Minister Barrette has just now decided to look into how to improve the quality of the care provided in retirement homes, by visiting the "top performing" facilities, in an attempt "to raise the overall standard of the services we offer."

The irony lies in the fact that when, under Barrette's  direction, Quebec took over the ownership and operation of Ste. Anne's Hospital from Veterans Affairs Canada almost six months ago, it was, indeed, a quintessential manifestation of one of the most "top performing" geriatric care residences in all of Canada, and it could well have served as the template for the homes that he now wishes to have emulate its level of care. He need to have looked no further afield for the gold standard he now seeks.

The tragedy lies in the fact that, during that same six month period, the level and standard of services and care at Ste. Anne's Hospital have  been markedly diminished and degraded to the point where it can no longer lay claim to its previous proud  accreditations and  recognized reputation of excellence , due to the infestation of numerous newly acquired (Provincial) problems of insufficient and inefficient personnel,  inadequate administrative (dis)organization, and lesser demanding performance protocols, among other deficiencies.

It would appear that Minister Barrette, unless he drastically and promptly changes course at Ste. Anne's, will only have succeeded in reversing the ancient alchemists' fruitless search, by turning gold into lead.

Wolf William Solkin
Ste. Anne's Hospital
Ste. Anne de Bellevue