Surrey: Surrey BC NDP candidates stood today on the land that was designated for a second Surrey Hospital to call out Christy Clark and the BC Liberals’ private health care agenda and their opposition to another hospital.
“The BC Liberals have been ignoring the growth in Surrey. We needed planning for a new hospital on these lands 10 years ago when it was promised, yet Christy Clark’s government sold off the lands where it would have eventually been built,” said Jinny Sims, NDP candidate in Surrey-Panorama. “Surrey patients can’t afford another four years of Christy Clark’s cuts and neglect and their opposition to our commitment to another hospital is stunning.”
The BC NDP will start the planning for construction of a new hospital for Surrey, which will cost approximately $3 million and is the first stage leading to construction of a new hospital for Surrey.
“By investing in family care centres, and getting started on planning for a second hospital, we can start to reverse the BC Liberal failures and relieve the pressure on Surrey Memorial for Delta residents who depend on it,” said Ravi Kahlon, NDP candidate in North Delta. “I am shocked that the Liberals in Surrey are opposing action to plan for another hospital. They are ignoring the realities facing patients now and in the future.”
“Christy Clark continues to push false information to distract from the fact that she is quietly moving forward with a plan to create private hospitals that only the rich can afford. Her plan for more private care means longer waits for patients and even fewer resources for public health care,” said Jagrup Brar, BC NDP candidate in Surrey-Fleetwood. “Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have neglected our health care system, which has led to long waits in emergency rooms and hallway medicine at hospitals like Surrey Memorial.”
“We know that with a growing population, health care needs grow as well. They have failed to plan for health care that is coming with the growth of our community and they aren’t suggesting solutions now. Instead, they are planning more private health care where the rich can pay to move to the front of the line,” said Garry Begg, NDP candidate in Surrey-Guildford.