"Hospital facing backlash, boss fears"

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"Hospital facing backlash, boss fears"

"CHUM project trailing; But MUHC chief executive says plans 'exactly on track' "

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... The MUHC project is expected to be completed by 2013, five years earlier than the CHUM project. The nationalist Société St. Jean-Baptiste de Montréal is demanding a moratorium on the MUHC project until a government debate can be held on the "pertinence" of building both hospitals.  Privately, some senior MUHC officials have expressed concern that the McGill project has been delayed and might continue to be because of lingering problems in the planning of the $2.5-billion CHUM scheme ...

But last Monday, Premier Jean Charest delivered his strongest endorsement to date of the two projects.  "We're not in a context of rivalry," he said. "What I've witnessed is that both projects are very supportive of each other. They see themselves as complementary and we're now beyond the issue of whether there should be one or the other - one would be anglophone and the other is francophone ...

"It's worth repeating today that ... there are many patients who speak French in hospitals that are the responsibility of McGill. There are English-speaking people in the French hospitals, and that's actually one of the advantages of Quebec. When we need care, we don't ask people to pass a language test. They receive the care that they need to receive. So it's not a linguistic issue." ...