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St. Paul’s cuts ‘flawed’: Staff

The province’s plan to dismantle some of St. Paul’s Hospital’s specialized programs will critically damage its reputation, staff said in a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell and Health Minister George Abbott.

The province’s plan to dismantle some of St. Paul’s Hospital’s specialized programs will critically damage its reputation, staff said in a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell and Health Minister George Abbott.

The correspondence, which was signed by executive staff including hospital president Dara Behroozi, asked for a promise that the hospital would not be downgraded.

It described the idea of cutting programs at St. Paul’s as “inherently flawed and naïve” and that the hospital’s research and staff should be built upon, not reduced, CBC News Online reports.

In 2007, there was talk of moving the aging facility — which was built in 1921 and is in need of major repairs and renovations — to a new location near False Creek.

The hospital’s cardiac care program is considered the best in the country, and staff said it would be a waste to give up the program and its team.

 
 
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