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A new report from Quebec’s auditor general finds that the decision to privatize two Montreal hospitals is based on errors and unfounded assumptions, and will cost more than publicly-delivered facilities.

It’s the second time auditor Renaud Lachance has criticized Infrastructure Quebec’s analysis and its conclusions, which call for a P3 modernization of Montreal’s University Health Centres.

In his most recent report, Lachance concludes that:

  • An updated value for money analysis from the provincial P3 agency, recently renamed Infrastructure Quebec, is based on “inappropriate or unfounded” assumptions;
  • The analysis, which argues that a P3 is the lowest-cost option, has two “major inaccuracies” in its calculations;
  • In reality, keeping the hospitals public would save “at least $10.4 million;” and
  • A provincial request for the consortia to lower their bid costs has instead added at least $108.4 million to the price tag.

In Quebec City, where CUPE 1108 members are fighting a P3 renovation of the Hôtel-Dieu hospital, hospital workers say the report confirms that privatization is expensive and risky for taxpayers and the government.

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