UPDATE: Veterans sue over quality of care at Ste. Anne's hospital

A Quebec Superior Court Judge has approved a class action lawsuit over deteriorating care at the Ste. Anne Hospital.

War veterans made their case Wednesday alleging the quality of care at the hospital has worsened since the healthcare institution was transferred from federal to provincial jurisdiction in 2016.

The lawsuit on behalf of over 100 World War II and Korean War veterans and their families is demanding the level of care and English-language services at the hospital be restored to pre-transfer levels; otherwise they want compensation.

Veterans living at St. Anne’s Hospital allege they’re getting worse care, fewer services in English since it was transferred from fed to provincial jurisdiction in 2016. They made their case today to greenlight class action to have care restored to pretransfer levels. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/9DazNhxhMI

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 20, 2019

World War II veteran and hospital resident Wolf William Solkin, 96, is leading the charge in the lawsuit request.

"I would like to see the day when our level of care -  proper level of care - is restored along with our dignity as veterans and as Canadians," said Solkin.

96-year-old WWII veteran Wolf William Solkin is leading the charge in his class action request on behalf of over 100 veterans alleging quality of care has gone down st St. Anne’s Hospital since the transfer from Ottawa to Quebec in 2016. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/DSkpc40iMF

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 20, 2019

The lawsuit alleges the promise to keep the services at the same level of quality after the transfer was broken - that the staffing levels have gone down and the personnel hired don't have the same kind of training with many not speaking English. About half of the veterans at the hospital are anglophone.

"That enormously complicates the care given," said lawyer Michel Savonitto. 

Kathleen Duke and her family sat in the courtroom holding pictures of her father, Gordon Duke who was at the hospital since 2012 and died last September.

"I'm still mourning his death. I'm angry. He deserved better," Duke told CJAD 800.

Lawyers for the federal and provincial governments as well as the CIUSSS-West Island did not contest the request.


Kathleen Duke’s dad, DDay veteran Gordon Duke was at St. Anne’s Hospital since 2012 and died last September. She says the level of care deteriorated since Que took over from Ottawa in 2016. “I’m still mourning his death. I’m angry. He deserved better.” #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/EyXNVRRlia

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 20, 2019