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Vitalité reps discuss hospital bed cuts with Restigouche mayors

Closed-door meeting about 25 proposed bed cuts being held at Campbellton Civic Centre

CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 2:22 PM AT Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 5:28 PM AT

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The Vitalité Health Network has recommended 99 hospital beds be closed throughout the network, including 25 in Restigouche. (CBC News)

Vitalité Health Network officials met with Restigouche-area politicians and doctors behind closed doors in Campbellton on Monday to explain the 25 hospital bed cuts they've recommended to the provincial government.

Read more: Vitalité reps discuss hospital bed cuts with Restigouche mayors

'Major cuts' to health care and education ruled out, Victor Boudreau says

Decision comes after Horizon Health Network CEO calls for hospital closures

By Jacques Poitras, CBC News
Posted: Jan 15, 2016 5:09 PM AT
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2016 5:09 PM AT

The Gallant government has ruled out any "major cuts" to health care and education in its upcoming provincial budget.

Despite warnings for months that the budget would include "tough choices" to eliminate a pattern of deficits of more than $500 billion, the Liberals have taken cuts to two of the biggest departments off the table.

18 01 2016 01And that's after only three of its 10 public consultation sessions have taken place.

"Health and education are not going to be subject to major cuts or major changes," Health Minister Victor Boudreau, who is overseeing the Strategic Program Review, told reporters on Friday.

That follows hints of the same message earlier this week from Premier Brian Gallant, who said the two sectors would be "protected."

In the Choices report released in November, the government said the closure of small hospitals, the elimination of all but six emergency rooms, and the "realignment of services" in large urban hospitals would save $50-80 million.

It also proposed cutting the number of teachers to match declining student enrolment, a decision that the report said would save $10-12 million.

Read more: 'Major cuts' to health care and education ruled out, Victor Boudreau says

C.U.P.E. walks out from Government strategic review meeting in Fredericton tonight!!!

Published on YouTube on Jan 12, 2016

Unionized paramedics protest employer's bilingual service plan

Employees cite unfair treatment in new scheduling system

Jacques Poitras · Provincial Affairs reporter · CBC News December 14, 2015

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Unionized paramedics protest against Ambulance New Brunswick's new scheduling plan put in place to meet bilingual language requirements. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

Unionized paramedics in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John protested Monday against Ambulance New Brunswick's new plan to meet its legal requirements for bilingual service.

About 50 people rallied at the organization's Fredericton office, with similar numbers showing up in the other two cities.