Ellis Ross is questioning the new NDP budget because there is no mention of Mills Memorial Hospital’s reconstruction.
The project was proposed in the spring and the February Liberal budget allocated money for the construction. It was slated to be the largest provincial government construction project in the history of the Northwest and was expected to provide almost 2,000 jobs.
The hospital was built in 1961 and the aging facility is in need of some upgrades. It is a pivotal service in the Northwest, offering 44 acute care beds and a range of services including cancer and kidney care, medical imaging and maternity care.
Ross asked about the replacement in question period and went to Facebook to let his constituents know that it is on his mind, as well as one of his main topics in the first speech he gave of the sitting last Thursday.
Part of his speech last week went on to say that the reason the area cannot retain good doctors and nurses is because of the poor facilities. He says that they see no future for themselves or their family.
A petition circulating last year stated that the region is in need of trauma services. Servicing over 80,000 people, it has become the regional centre for healthcare opposed to Prince George which is 575 km away.
Liberal leader hopeful Lucy Sager commented on Ross’s post “flip some tables friend… We’re gonna vote these guys right out next round”.
The government is planning consultations on the budget starting this week. British Columbians will be able to voice their opinions or concerns through public hearings, written, audio or video submissions, or by completing an online survey.
A committee will be making its two most northern stops in Prince George on October 10th and Williams Lake October 11th.