Fix the shingles—NDP calls on the PCs to maintain the Misericordia
EDMONTON – This government has broken another promise by neglecting the hospital infrastructure that is needed to keep Alberta families safe and healthy, NDP Leader and Health critic Rachel Notley said today.
“If the PCs won’t listen to calls for a new hospital, they at least need to maintain the one we have. This government has committed less than 20% of the funding needed to keep the Misericordia safe,” said Notley.
“This government’s neglect is leading to the critical deterioration of the only hospital serving west Edmonton.”
The Misercordia hospital has requested $43 million in deferred maintenance- that’s work that needs to be done immediately to keep the hospital safe and functional for patients and front-line workers.
On top of that, documents released by the NDP today show that the Misercorida needs over $103 million for preservation projects just to maintain its current infrastructure.
“Just today the Finance Minister told reporters that if you have a barn and the shingles are falling off, you have got to fix the shingles. Well, Mr. Campbell- the shingles are falling off fast and furious and it’s time this government committed the adequate amount funding to fix the problem,” said Notley.
Despite repeated calls from the NDP, as well as patients and front line workers, the PCs have refused to commit to building a new Misericordia Hospital.