LETHBRIDGE – Today, New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley released documents detailing years of PC neglect of public health infrastructure in Lethbridge.
“Southern Albertans and their families depend on the Chinook Regional Hospital to be a safe and secure place that provides high quality care when they or their loved ones are sick or injured. Chronic neglect of basic infrastructure maintenance by this PC government puts this at risk,” said Notley
AHS’ preservation list shows 37 incomplete and overdue projects totaling nearly $10 million dollars at the Chinook Regional Hospital and 16 overdue projects at St. Michael’s Health Centre totaling close to $5 million dollars.
“Some of the projects on this list are 5 years overdue. This isn’t just a delay; this is deliberate neglect by the PCs. It is irresponsible for this government to continue to sweep these issues under the rug, knowingly jeopardizing the safety of Albertans,” said Notley.
Chinook Regional Hospital is the main hospital in Southern Alberta, providing emergency and routine medical services to an estimated 150,000 patients.
“These neglected projects include fire alarm and sprinkler replacement, temperature control upgrades and elevator hydraulics replacement. These are projects that, left uncompleted, have a direct impact on the safety of patients and healthcare workers,” said Notley.
“This PC government continues to prove that Alberta families are not its priority.”
As Prentice and the PCs continue to promise cuts to public services and public infrastructure, Notley also called on him to commit to completing renovations at the Chinook Hospital.