December 11, 2023

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The comedy training provided to CHUM employers did not make Minister Dube laugh

The comedy training provided to CHUM employers did not make Minister Dube laugh

Quebec’s Health Minister Christian Dubey’s office has found “highly questionable” spending by the Center Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) to train the facility’s executives from the National School of Humor.

Radio-Canada revealed Monday that the deal, worth $60,000, was titled “Comedy Skills for Managers.” The exercise follows the arrival of new CEO Frédéric Abergel, who was appointed by the government earlier in the year.

All contracts offered by companies must be justified and made in accordance with the rules and ensure that it is appropriate.He is writing to the minister’s office via email. Is comedy good for training?

It is very questionable, it raises doubts and it is the responsibility of the establishment to explain and prove its relevance, because we are talking about public funds.

The Chum More details on this exercise should be provided by the end of the day.

The establishment awarded a $100,000 contract over-the-counter to consulting firm McKinsey with the aim of obtaining a comparative portrait. Chum With the aim of positioning itself as compared to other similar university hospitals One of the best hospitals in the world by 2030.

Our investigation shows that Quebec hospitals are spending millions of dollars on contracts with private companies and consultants to do work that would normally be assigned to their managers. For example: managing human resources, managing finances or managing senior living plans.

The Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS–CSN), which is on strike from Tuesday, is shocked by our information.

Money for private companies, the government and our employers always find it. There is much less desire to improve the working conditions of network workers.

The epidemic and shortage of managers is believed to be at the origin of the ever-increasing dependency relationship between network managers and private consultants.

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The network faces significant challengesThe minister recalled the office. One of the most effective solutions is to call in external consultants to specialize in specific issues in order to make better decisions.

However, the company adds, These recruits should be justified and appropriate, which is essential.

This clearly demonstrates that implementing best practices everywhere requires better coordination across the network, which is exactly what we are going to do with Sainte-Québec.The company said.

For its part, the official opposition challenged the minister, who said he wanted to attract shock managers from the private sector to the future Sainte-Québec company.

Looks like you already figured it out Top gunsLiberal health spokesman Andre Ford scoffed.

We don’t trust existing managers, so we hire more retired ex-managers on contract to do the same job.

Many of the executives on our file were recalled as consultants and, after their retirements, were hired to perform tasks similar to what they had done when they were employees of the public network.