According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), Edmonton needs a new hospital and provincial opposition and Wildrose Party thinks that should be a priority.
Wildrose House Leader Nathan Cooper told Global News there are other health projects the government has scheduled to work on, but building a new hospital in Edmonton should be at the top of the list.
“We’ve seen a lot of challenges at the health facilities here in the region and we’ve also seen a lot of waste inside the system. The current government making decisions based on ideological positions and not on the best for patients outcomes and so I think folks are frusterated with that,” said Cooper.
“As we look at the existing facilities that clearly need a lot of upgrades, and now we have a new project onto the list, what folks from Edmonton are looking for is quality word-class facilities that they can partake in and partake in those now.
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman is not shocked by the suggestion from AHS.
“We know that there’s important deferred maintenance that’s been ongoing for decades at the Alex and the Mis that we need to address. As well, I’m not shocked that there is their perception that they need to have more acute care space than other parts of the city because our city is continuing to grow.”
Hoffman said it would irresponsible to rule our building a new hospital in Edmonton.
“I think it’s important for us to look at the list that was submitted by AHS to talk with our communities and to make sure that we have a plan moving forward.”
(djs)(With files from Global News)