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April 26, 2012
Ministers Blaney and Bolduc at Ste. Anne’s Hospital

Ottawa — The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Doctor Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of Quebec, Senator Larry Smith and Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier, will be at Ste. Anne’s Hospital to provide an update on the future of the Hospital.

Accredited media representatives are invited to attend.

Location: Ste. Anne’s Hospital*
305 Veterans Boulevard
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Date: April 27, 2012

Time: 2:30 p.m.

The media are invited to speak with Minister Blaney and Minister Bolduc.

*The media are asked to use the Remembrance Pavilion entrance.
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Media Enquiries:
Janice Summerby
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Veterans Affairs Canada
Phone: 613-992-7468

Codie Taylor
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Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Phone: 613-996-4649
Natacha Joncas Boudreau
Press Attaché
Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services
Phone: 418-558-8500

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April 27, 2012

Government of Canada and Government of Quebec Sign Agreement in Principle for the Potential Transfer of Ste. Anne’s Hospital

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Doctor Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of Quebec, today signed an agreement in principle to establish a negotiation framework between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for the potential transfer of Ste. Anne’s Hospital.

“Our Government is pleased to announce the signing of this agreement in principle with the Government of Quebec. This is an important step toward undertaking the necessary discussions between our two governments so that the Veterans living at Ste. Anne’s Hospital can continue to receive, in English or in French, the exceptional care and service they deserve,” said Minister Blaney. “One of my priorities is also to ensure the retention of our professionals and the transfer of the Hospital to the Government of Quebec should help to maintain their expertise. Today’s announcement is further proof of our Government’s commitment to practice open federalism and it demonstrates our respect for Quebec’s jurisdiction.”

“Our Government is committed to providing access to high quality health care services for seniors, within their community. The signing of this agreement in principle is a decisive step in the establishment of parameters that would allow the population to benefit from the expertise in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics at Ste. Anne’s Hospital. Of course we would also ensure the integration of the institution into the Quebec health and social services network, while respecting the Hospital’s organizational culture and the rich legacy of our Veterans,” said Minister Yves Bolduc.

This agreement in principle is the first official commitment between both levels of government to move forward with the potential transfer of the Hospital. It identifies the key elements that both parties must agree to before concluding negotiations. These elements include maintaining priority access for eligible Veterans to all services, programs and health care offered at Ste. Anne’s; guarantees for levels of care and services provided; delivery of care and services to Veterans in their choice of English or French; elements related to human resources; and evaluation of assets.

“I am happy to know that this transfer should allow us to better address the need for beds for seniors in my riding and in the Montréal area. While this increase in services will benefit the civilian population, it will also provide Veterans with access to the quality care provided by the staff of this institution, renowned for its great expertise,” added Geoffrey Kelley, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for Quebec and Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier.

“I am confident that this transfer will maintain the high quality of care that we, Veterans, receive at Ste. Anne’s Hospital, and that both governments will do what it takes to uphold their commitments in this regard,” added Mr. Marcel Otis, President of the Ste. Anne’s Hospital Residents Committee.

The potential transfer of Ste. Anne’s Hospital will provide long-term benefits to Veterans, Hospital staff and Quebec residents alike. There is a declining demand for long-term care beds for traditional Veterans at the Hospital. Transferring Ste. Anne’s Hospital to the Government of Quebec should help to maintain and maximize the Hospital’s expertise in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics, and provide bed availability for other Canadians.

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When vet hospital changes hands, workers and patients search for answers
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 06:30:52 PM »
When vet hospital changes hands, workers and patients search for answers

By Billy Shields   Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/460646/when-vet-hospital-changes-hands-workers-and-patients-search-for-answers/



When Sylvain Chartrand was captured in Bosnia while in the military, when he was suffering from post-traumatic stress, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans Hospital was a welcome haven. But veterans like Chartrand and about 14,000 others in the Montreal area worry about what’s going to happen when the hospital passes from federal to provincial hands in less than six months.

“We need places where they have multi-disciplinary health care professionals who work together for the benefit of the veteran,” Chartrand said during a demonstration in front of the hospital Saturday afternoon.

The biggest concern for people who use the hospital is whether the province can maintain the level of care that it enjoyed under federal stewardship. The hospital has consistently ranked among Canada’s best, and is the last of 18 veterans hospitals to have gone from federal to provincial management.

Workers and patients want answers now, as to whether the province plans on retaining the hospital’s standards.

“It’s a lack of communication that I think is a big problem,” said Monique McNab, whose husband was a veteran of the D-Day invasion.

Employees could also feel the squeeze. The province pays up to 34 percent less than the federal government in health care professions, according to the union representing workers at the hospital.

“My main concern is for the residents,” said Jill Leslie, an orderly there who said she’ll likely face a $10-per-hour paycut.  ”They’re used to a certain standard of care and I don’t want to see it go downhill.”

The hospital is scheduled to transfer on September 30.

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Hôpital des Anciens combattants (RADIO-CANADA, 6 avril 2013)

L'hôpital des Anciens combattants de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue est une anomalie dans le système canadien : un établissement fédéral dans un champ de compétence provinciale.

Video: http://fr.video.sympatico.ca/accueil/les-plus-recentes/watch/hopital-des-anciens-combattants/2282222560001?sort=date&page=1#.UWC7dIK6O6Q


Transfert de l'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: employés et vétérans inquiets

Transfert de l'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: employés et vétérans inquiets
http://actualites.ca.msn.com/regional/montreal/transfert-de-lh%C3%B4pital-de-sainte-anne-de-bellevue-employ%C3%A9s-et-v%C3%A9t%C3%A9rans-inquiets



Des employés et des familles de patients de l'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, dans l'ouest de l'île de Montréal, ont manifesté samedi pour réclamer plus de transparence dans les négociations entre Ottawa et Québec concernant le transfert d'une juridiction à l'autre de l'hôpital pour anciens combattants.

Les manifestants sont toutefois restés à distance de l'hôpital pour ne pas déranger les vétérans de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et de la guerre de Corée qui se reposent dans l'établissement.

Ottawa veut rassurer les anciens combattants et leurs familles dans ce dossier. Les vétérans devraient rester prioritaires et bénéficier de services bilingues, même après le transfert sous juridiction québécoise, affirme le gouvernement fédéral.

L'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue est le dernier hôpital qui est encore de juridiction fédérale. Le 30 septembre, Québec héritera de sa gestion et l'ouvrira aux résidents de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, qui connaît une pénurie criante de lits.

L'hôpital de 446 chambres offre présentement des services de pointe en gériatrie et santé mentale. L'âge moyen des patients de l'hôpital est de 90 ans, et de plus en plus de places se libèrent.

Les lits disponibles pourraient contribuer à désengorger les établissements de santé dans la région. Le député néo-démocrate de Châteauguay-St-Constant, Sylvain Chicoine, aimerait tout de même que les anciens combattants puissent conserver une forme de priorité dans l'hôpital.

De son côté, Québec ne veut pas commenter le dossier parce qu'il fait encore l'objet de négociations. Les points sensibles des discussions entre Ottawa et Québec concerneraient les conditions de travail des employés fédéraux de l'hôpital.

Le syndicat de l'hôpital, qui représentant 650 employés, assure qu'il ne s'oppose pas au transfert, mais il se dit inquiet. Il se plaint d'être tenu à l'écart des négociations qui se tiennent à huis clos.

Sheila Joseph, une technicienne au département de réadaptation, craint notamment de perdre au change. « Je gagne quand même assez bien au fédéral », explique-t-elle. « Je pourrais perdre au moins 30 % de mon salaire. C'est l'anxiété, l'inconnu. Et aussi avec les anciens combattants qui restent, est-ce qu'ils vont avoir toujours le même service ? », demande-t-elle.

Du côté d'Ottawa, le ministre des Anciens combattants, Steven Blaney, promet que la qualité des soins, fort appréciée par les bénéficiaires et leurs familles, ne sera pas affectée par le transfert.

Ottawa veut conclure le dossier au plus tard le 30 septembre.

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Transfert de l’hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue : employés et vétérans inquiets (RADIO-CANADA EN LIGNE, 6 avril 2013)

http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2013/04/06/003-hopital-ste-anne-bellevue-manif.shtml

Transfert de l’hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue : employés et vétérans inquiets

Voir Video: http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2013/04/06/003-hopital-ste-anne-bellevue-manif.shtml

Des employés et des familles de patients de l'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, dans l'ouest de l'île de Montréal, ont manifesté samedi pour réclamer plus de transparence dans les négociations entre Ottawa et Québec concernant le transfert d'une juridiction à l'autre de l'hôpital pour anciens combattants.

Les manifestants sont toutefois restés à distance de l'hôpital pour ne pas déranger les vétérans de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et de la guerre de Corée qui se reposent dans l'établissement.

Ottawa veut rassurer les anciens combattants et leurs familles dans ce dossier. Les vétérans devraient rester prioritaires et bénéficier de services bilingues, même après le transfert sous juridiction québécoise, affirme le gouvernement fédéral.

L'hôpital de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue est le dernier hôpital qui est encore de juridiction fédérale. Le 30 septembre, Québec héritera de sa gestion et l'ouvrira aux résidents de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, qui connaît une pénurie criante de lits.

L'hôpital de 446 chambres offre présentement des services de pointe en gériatrie et santé mentale. L'âge moyen des patients de l'hôpital est de 90 ans, et de plus en plus de places se libèrent.

Les lits disponibles pourraient contribuer à désengorger les établissements de santé dans la région. Le député néo-démocrate de Châteauguay-St-Constant, Sylvain Chicoine, aimerait tout de même que les anciens combattants puissent conserver une forme de priorité dans l'hôpital.

De son côté, Québec ne veut pas commenter le dossier parce qu'il fait encore l'objet de négociations. Les points sensibles des discussions entre Ottawa et Québec concerneraient les conditions de travail des employés fédéraux de l'hôpital.

Le syndicat de l'hôpital, qui représentant 650 employés, assure qu'il ne s'oppose pas au transfert, mais il se dit inquiet. Il se plaint d'être tenu à l'écart des négociations qui se tiennent à huis clos.

Sheila Joseph, une technicienne au département de réadaptation, craint notamment de perdre au change. « Je gagne quand même assez bien au fédéral », explique-t-elle. « Je pourrais perdre au moins 30 % de mon salaire. C'est l'anxiété, l'inconnu. Et aussi avec les anciens combattants qui restent, est-ce qu'ils vont avoir toujours le même service ? », demande-t-elle.

Du côté d'Ottawa, le ministre des Anciens combattants, Steven Blaney, promet que la qualité des soins, fort appréciée par les bénéficiaires et leurs familles, ne sera pas affectée par le transfert.

« Les vétérans sont à l'Hôpital Sainte-Anne pour y rester. Afin de préserver l'excellence des soins offerts par nos employés et la vocation unique de ce grand établissement de renommée internationale, nous souhaitons transférer le dernier hôpital au pays sous juridiction fédérale à la province de Québec. » — Le porte-parole du ministre Blaney, Jean-Christophe de Le Rue

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Workers demand transparency in hospital transfer (CBC, April 6, 2013) Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue veterans' hospital to be transfered to Quebec government.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue veterans' hospital to be transfered to Quebec government
CBC News Posted: Apr 6, 2013 2:55 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 7, 2013 8:14 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/04/06/montreal-hospital-workers-transfer.html?cmp=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Unionized workers at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue veteran's hospital are demanding more transparency as the Canadian government transfers the hospital's ownership to the province of Quebec.

Ottawa confirmed it was hoping to have completed the transfer by March 31 but last fall's provincial election delayed the plans.

The new tentative date for the transfer is Sept. 30 pending negotiations, said a spokesman for Quebec Health Minister Réjean Hébert.

On Saturday, more than 100 people attended a demonstration near the hospital, which is located on the western tip of the island of Montreal.

Families in attendance said they are concerned the quality of care might be affected by the transfer.

Workers said they are concerned the provincial government will double their workload.

One nurse told a CBC News reporter she is responsible for seven patients every day. She said "that's enough."

The hospital, which has 441 beds, will be merged with the West Island health and social services centre.

A similar rally was held last month, when the Union of Veterans Employees asked for a committee to determine the terms and conditions under which the hospital will be transferred.

The union group said there has been a lack of consultation during the transfer process.

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Veterans' hospital workers fear effects of transfer

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/04/06/montreal-hospital-workers-transfer.html?cmp=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

CBC News Posted: Mar 7, 2013 4:07 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 7, 2013 5:33 PM ET Read 0 comments0



The employees of the federally-run veterans’ hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue protested this afternoon against what they feel is a lack of consultation.

The federal government has, for years, spoken about transferring the hospital to the province.

It’s finally scheduled to happen on Sept. 30.

Ste-Anne’s Hospital’s 650 unionized employees are concerned over what the transfer means for their jobs, salaries and benefits.

The Union of Veterans Employees has asked for a committee to determine the terms and conditions under which the hospital will be transferred.

The union also wants to ensure the continuity in care for the veterans now at the hospital.

As for the plan to admit civilian patients, Kim Coles, the national executive vice president of the union said, “We know, as we go along with the aging demographics, that it’s inevitable.”

“This is a first-class facility. We want it to continue on. And we’ve always recognized the need to open the doors to civilians,” she continued.

Minister of Veteran Affairs Steven Blaney's spokesman said in a statement that the government is also concerned over continuity of care — and that's why they're transferring the hospital to Quebec.

"Our government wants to transfer the hospital to the province of Quebec as soon as possible in order to preserve the quality of care provided to veterans, as well as to maintain jobs and to allow the province to make the more than 100 beds available to Montrealers," said Blaney's spokesman.

The demonstration was planned to coincide with a meeting of the federal and provincial governments to discuss the transfer in Quebec City.

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When vet hospital changes hands, workers and patients search for answers

By Billy Shields    Global News April 6, 2013 4:49 pm

http://globalnews.ca/news/460646/when-vet-hospital-changes-hands-workers-and-patients-search-for-answers/



When Sylvain Chartrand was captured in Bosnia while in the military, when he was suffering from post-traumatic stress, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans Hospital was a welcome haven. But veterans like Chartrand and about 14,000 others in the Montreal area worry about what’s going to happen when the hospital passes from federal to provincial hands in less than six months.

“We need places where they have multi-disciplinary health care professionals who work together for the benefit of the veteran,” Chartrand said during a demonstration in front of the hospital Saturday afternoon.

The biggest concern for people who use the hospital is whether the province can maintain the level of care that it enjoyed under federal stewardship. The hospital has consistently ranked among Canada’s best, and is the last of 18 veterans hospitals to have gone from federal to provincial management.

Workers and patients want answers now, as to whether the province plans on retaining the hospital’s standards.

“It’s a lack of communication that I think is a big problem,” said Monique McNab, whose husband was a veteran of the D-Day invasion.

Employees could also feel the squeeze. The province pays up to 34 percent less than the federal government in health care professions, according to the union representing workers at the hospital.

“My main concern is for the residents,” said Jill Leslie, an orderly there who said she’ll likely face a $10-per-hour paycut.  ”They’re used to a certain standard of care and I don’t want to see it go downhill.”

The hospital is scheduled to transfer on September 30.

Update: Minister of Veterans Affairs spokesperson Jean-Christophe de le Rue responded to Global Montreal with this statement:

 ”Veterans will continue to enjoy the same world-class service they have come to expect from Ste Anne’s Veterans facility.

Over 9000 Veterans are currently served by exceptional provincially run long-term care facilities in Quebec and across Canada.

Not only will this transfer ensure exceptional care for Veterans but the result will open any unused beds to address the long-term care shortage facing the general public in Quebec.”

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Workers at Ste. Anne's hospital stage protest

http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10514301

 Posted By: CJAD news@cjad.com · 3/7/2013 4:31:00 PM

Protesters gathered in front of Ste. Anne de Bellevue hospital to express their concern about a change of management at the hospital.

Starting on Sept. 30, the Quebec government will take over management of the hospital from the federal government, and the unions representing workers at the hospital say they're being kept in the dark about the negotiations between Quebec and Ottawa about the transfer.

"[We want the department of Veteran's Affairs] to provide us with a committee to review exactly what has been going on with negotiations, how it will impact the services to the veterans, what services will be provided to the veterans in October, and what part the employees will have in this," said Kim Coles, National Executive Vice-President for the Union of Veterans Affairs employees.

Coles also expressed her concern with the veterans, some of whom demand specific care.

A union rep with the Syndicat des employé(e)s des Anciens combattants (SEAC), Benoit Frigon, is concerned about the workers' future. "My seniority, my work conditions, will they remain the same? We don't know."

"I would have offered the government 700 feet of Saran Wrap so they know what transparency is," laughed Daniel Allard, Vice-President of the same union.

The Union of Veterans Affairs employees is pushing back and demanding more security for both employees and veterans. They want to be at the negotiation table come this fall when the transfer occurs.

"Basically, what we are asking for is more information," concluded Coles.

Meanwhile, the office of Veteran's Affairs Minister Stephen Blaney issued a statement in response to the protest: “Our Government wants to transfer the hospital to the province of Quebec as soon as possible in order to preserve the quality of care provided to Veterans, as well as to maintain jobs and to allow the province to make the more than 100 beds available to Montrealers.”

Protesters gathered in front of Ste. Anne de Bellevue hospital to express their concern about a change of management at the hospital.

Starting on Sept. 30, the Quebec government will take over management of the hospital from the federal government, and the unions representing workers at the hospital say they're being kept in the dark about the negotiations between Quebec and Ottawa about the transfer.

"[We want the department of Veteran's Affairs] to provide us with a committee to review exactly what has been going on with negotiations, how it will impact the services to the veterans, what services will be provided to the veterans in October, and what part the employees will have in this," said Kim Coles, National Executive Vice-President for the Union of Veterans Affairs employees.

Coles also expressed her concern with the veterans, some of whom demand specific care.

A union rep with the Syndicat des employé(e)s des Anciens combattants (SEAC), Benoit Frigon, is concerned about the workers' future. "My seniority, my work conditions, will they remain the same? We don't know."

"I would have offered the government 700 feet of Saran Wrap so they know what transparency is," laughed Daniel Allard, Vice-President of the same union.

The Union of Veterans Affairs employees is pushing back and demanding more security for both employees and veterans. They want to be at the negotiation table come this fall when the transfer occurs.

"Basically, what we are asking for is more information," concluded Coles.

Meanwhile, the office of Veteran's Affairs Minister Stephen Blaney issued a statement in response to the protest: “Our Government wants to transfer the hospital to the province of Quebec as soon as possible in order to preserve the quality of care provided to Veterans, as well as to maintain jobs and to allow the province to make the more than 100 beds available to Montrealers.”

Check the Video: http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10514301

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Protest over federal decision to transfer Veterans hospital to province (CTV NEWS, April 6, 2013)

Check The Video: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/protest-over-federal-decision-to-transfer-veterans-hospital-to-province-1.1227388

MONTREAL—Dozens of people gathered in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on Saturday to protest a federal government decision to transfer the last remaining Veterans hospital into the province's care.
Canada’s last federally run Veterans hospital comes under Quebec control in September and that has employees fearing services could be affected.
“We know that a hospital that is under federal care has the upmost quality, much more than any provincial hospital,” said Sylvain Chartrand of the Veterans Right’s Advocate.

The Quebec government is looking to use the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s three floors of empty beds for long-term care patients, Some fear Veterans services could suffer.
“Priority still goes to veterans first,” former Minister of Veterans Affairs Jean-Pierre Blackburn said. “And, second, services have to be offered in both languages.”
Union representatives are looking for a role in transfer talks to ensure employee salaries and benefits are also maintained.
Veteran Affairs Canada said services will not suffer.
"Veterans will continue to enjoy the same world-class service they have come to expect from Ste Anne's Veterans facility," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, spokesman to Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney.
"Not only will this transfer ensure exceptional care for Veterans but the result will open any unused beds to address the long-term care shortage facing the general public in Quebec."