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The administration at a Québec City hospital is calling on the province to drop efforts to rebuild a facility as a public private partnership.

That puts them on the same page as the union of CHUQ employees, which has opposed the PPP plan since the beginning.

And it puts plans to renovate the facility into question.

Meanwhile the provincial government - which intervened to refer the project to its PPP ministry - continues to study ways to do the project as a public private partnership.

The union argued that private financing would prove more expensive than conventional borrowing and that the private contractors were vastly underestimating the amount and complexity of the work that needed to be done.

The board of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Québec, which runs the facility, has reached the same conclusion - that the province should stop considering the P3 option and get down to work.

The project should have begun in Dec. 2007.

The union hopes the hospital board’s public declaration will push the government to wash its hands of the issue and let the administration handle the project.