The office of Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube considers the expenses paid by the Center Hospitalier de Université de Montréal (CHUM) to provide training from the National School of Humor to the institution’s executives “highly questionable.”
On Monday, Radio Canada revealed the existence of this contract worth $60,000 entitled “Humor Skills for Managers.” The training was introduced following the arrival of new CEO Frédéric Abergel, appointed by the government, at the beginning of the year.
All contracts awarded by facilities must be justified and must be carried out in accordance with the rules and ensure their suitability.writes the Minister’s office via email.
Is it suitable for humor training?
This is very questionable and raises doubts, and the institution must explain and prove its importance, because we are talking about public money.
the Comrade More details about this training should be provided by the end of the day.
The Foundation also awarded a contract worth $100,000, without a prescription, to the consulting firm McKinsey in order to obtain a comparative picture of the Foundation. Comrade Compared to other similar university hospitals, with the aim of placing itself in a distinguished position
One of the best hospitals in the world by 2030.
Our investigation has shown that Quebec hospitals spend millions of dollars on contracts with private companies and consultants to do work normally assigned to their managers. For example: human resources management, finance management, or senior living project management.
The Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN), which will go on strike from Tuesday, is shocked by the information we have.
Money for private companies, government and our employers always finds us. There is much less will to improve the working conditions of network workers.
The pandemic and shortage of managers are believed to be the reason behind the ever-increasing relationship of dependence between network managers and private consultants.
The network faces major challengesrecalls the Minister’s Office.
Using external consultants to obtain expertise on specific problems in order to make the best decisions is one solution to achieve greater efficiency.
However, the company adds,
These are appointments that must be justified and relevant, they are necessary.
This concretely demonstrates that we need better coordination across the network in order to implement best practices everywhere, and this is what we will do with Santé Québec.The company said.
For its part, the official opposition challenged the minister, who said he wanted to attract private sector trauma managers to the future Santé-Québec agency.
Looks like you’ve already found yours “top guns“Liberal health spokesman Andre Fortin scoffed.
We don’t trust current managers, so we hire more and more retired former managers under contract to do the same work.
Our file mentioned several executives who were called in as consultants, immediately after their retirement, and were assigned to tasks similar to those they performed when they were employees of the public network.
“Music guru. Incurable web practitioner. Thinker. Lifelong zombie junkie. Tv buff. Typical organizer. Evil beer scholar.”