Municipalities in Argenteuil want the region to be served by properly funded hospitals.
Councils in Lachute, and Grenville-sur-la-Rouge have each adopted a resolution in support of the Coalition Santé Laurentides and its efforts to ensure the Québec government provides adequate funds for hospitals in the region.
The resolution specifically referred to the Lachute hospital and the St-Jerome hospital, where many Argenteuil residents go for services not available in Lachute.
Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin is one of the local mayors involved in the municipal campaign for better funding. He said more money for hospitals is necessary because of how the region’s population has grown during the past 20 years.
“The increase of the budget did not follow the increase of the population,” Péloquin said.
Brownsburg-Chatham Director-General Hervé Rivet made similar comments when council in that municipality adopted the resolution on April 6.
Instead of using the Lachute and St-Jerome hospitals, many Argenteuil residents prefer to use Hawkesbury and District General Hospital and ambulances from Argenteuil often take patients to Hawkesbury.