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Cavendish caregiver support centre remains open for now

WATCH: While the program remains open until revisions are completed, clients and caregivers using the centre are troubled about the cancellation of the drop-in service which supports 40 seniors every week.

MONTREAL – The Integrated Health and Social Services University Centre for Centre-West Montreal has announced it is suspending all program changes.

Senior management will review all changes that were planned before Bill 10 was passed.

The suspension includes the drop-in program of the Caregiver Support Centre at the CSSS Cavendish.

The decision means the drop-in program that was used by about 40 senior citizens will continue to operate for the time being.

READ MORE: Seniors’ drop-in centre a casualty as Cavendish CLSC ends some services 

On Tuesday, May 19, the centre’s executive director, Lawrence Rosenberg, held a news conference to explain the decision to close the drop-in centre.

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Rosenberg said users would be better served by the changes, adding “it is not a budget issue.” He also denied that the decision was connected to Bill 10 in any way.

Bill 10 came into effect April 1. It abolished boards of directors at most health care institutions and agencies, grouping them together into large regional structures.

READ MORE: Protesters interrupt Quebec’s Bill 10 closure debate 

In a news release issued late Friday, public affairs associate director Glenn Nashen said the suspension of changes will allow the new senior management team to conduct a thorough review before any changes are implemented.

The release said the suspension of program changes was put in place in conformity with Dr. Rosenberg’s guiding principle of patient-centric care.

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