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A new Hôtel-Dieu hospital for Quebec City

Enfant-Jesus.jpgQuebec City's medical community has been waiting years for a final decision. Yesterday, the doctor gave his orders. Health Minister Dr. Réjean Hébert, said a new hospital complex will be built in the open spaces around l'Enfant-Jésus hospital. It will cost $1.7 billion.

As a result, the original project to renovate the historic Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Old Quebec has been scrapped, though some of its functions will stay. The issue has divided the medical community.

One of those hoping to see the new complex at l'Enfant-Jésus is Dr. Robert Delage, head of the hospital's hematology and oncology department. Medical staff at Hôtel-Dieu have been lobbying to see the new facilities added on there. But, they're waiting to look at the minister's plan in detail before commenting.

In Old Quebec though, the announcement comes as a major disapointment. Jean Rousseau is president of the citizens' organization, le Comité des Citoyens du Vieux-Québec and of the new Coalition to Maintain Hôtel-Dieu.

They both joined us this morning.

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