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Despite the dismal experience in Britain, a commission headed by Brian Mulroney and former Quebec premier Daniel Johnson is recommending P3s for two super-hospital projects in Montreal.

Government funding and community fundraising for each super-hospital is set at $1.1 billion. But the commission reports that total will leave the McGill University Health Centre $265 million short and the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal $490 million over budget.

Mulroney and Johnson therefore recommend a significant cut in the number of beds while keeping beds open at the backup hospitals: Montreal General and Notre Dame. They are also recommending a P3 for non-clinical services such as food services, heating and laundry.