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Jacques Turgeon returning to CHUM superhospital board

03/10/2015 01:19 EDT | Updated 05/10/2015 05:59 EDT
Jacques Turgeon will be returning to his post as CEO of the CHUM superhospital less than a week after announcing his resignation, citing "interference" from Quebec's health minister. 

The ministry of health issued a news release Tuesday morning saying that Turgeon has accepted the position ahead of the new centre opening in June 2016.

"Our only objective is to ensure the stability and continuity necessary for the opening of the new CHUM in June 2016. For this reason, I welcome the appointment of Mr. Turgeon as he, like me and all the CHUM staff, have at heart first and foremost the health and care of patients,” wrote Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.

The news release said that Turgeon will be appointed for a three-year term beginning April 1 and ending March 31, 2018.

The news release said Barrette and Turgeon have agreed to “consider” applications from other resigning board members during the formation of the new board of directors.

Barrette said he hopes the current board meets as soon as possible to restore Turgeon in his functions.

Turgeon, and the chairman of the board, Jean-Claude Deschênes, will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Barrette was not available for additional comment.  

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