It is deja vu.
The NDP MLA for the West End says the word is, again, St. Pauls hospital will be torn down and moved.
“We do not need to see the Liberals closing St. Pauls hospital in downtown Vancouver.”
Spencer Chandra-Herbert “Through sources within the ministry, within business, unions, health care field, real estate field I am told the government is backing away. They are looking to close St. Pauls and rebuild elsewhere. I am speaking out because that is a bad plan.”
Chandra-Herbert says it is not a good idea to take an emergency room away from where people live.
“Christy Clark and the Liberals are preparing to betray, I think, the people of BC and Vancouver by closing St. Pauls hospital downtown and moving it away.”
When asked the ministry of health would only say it is committed to revitalizing the hospital.
Chandra-Herbert responded “If the rumours I am hearing are not true then the Liberals should come forward and deny them.”
The ministry also added an update on St. Pauls would be coming in a couple of weeks.
Prior to the last election Premier Christy Clark promised 500-million-dollars to upgrade the existing hospital.
Similar plans were floated, and ultimately shot down, under former Premier Gordon Campbell
A statement from the ministry of health is below.
Government remains firmly committed to revitalizing St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s Hospital is an important part of the network of hospitals in the Lower Mainland, serving a large and growing population from downtown Vancouver, and from across the region. We are continuing to work with Providence Healthcare on the best to revitalize the hospital for the communities it serves. We must make sure that this fits within the future long term vision of health care in the region and across the province, focusing on more comprehensive community services and a partnership between Lower Mainland hospitals.
We must also ensure that St. Paul’s Hospital can continue to serve the community while the revitalization project is underway.