PRINCE GEORGE – When NDP leader John Horgan visits town, Prince George’s B.C. Liberal MLAs are suggesting he take a tour of all the health care investments in the city – a tour they’d be happy to lead.
“The NDP like to talk about health care but they never delivered for the north and Prince George when they had a chance,” says Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “Since the B.C. Liberals were elected, we have seen significant investments in health care and in people.”
“As an MLA and cabinet minister, one of my proudest moments was seeing the Northern Medical Program become a reality,” says Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “This program allowed doctors, for the very first time to be trained here in the North at UNBC. The Northern Health Medical Program made a real and lasting impact on patient care in Prince George.”
During the NDP’s time in government, no new additional training spaces were added in British Columbia. The Northern Medical Program is now celebrating its 10th anniversary of delivering medical education in the north and has expanded from accepting 24 students a year to 32.
Once the NDP leader has toured that facility, he should swing by the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (UHNBC) – which has seen significant improvements. The recently completed UHNBC Learning and Development Centre supports quality medical training in Prince George.
“The changes at what was once Prince George Regional Hospital are incredible to see,” says Morris. “First came the new $50-million patient care tower. And now we have the new Learning and Development Centre, which is a $10.5-million facility that takes up 1,365 square metres.”
Then, Horgan can visit the new B.C. Cancer Agency Centre for the North, which provides care to patients across the north and allows them to stay closer to home. As well, the government was proud to contribute $2-million toward construction of the Kordyban Lodge, a home away from home for northern cancer patients and their caregivers.
“Long-time residents of Prince George remember the neglect our city received under the NDP when it came to health care,” says Bond. “We have come a very long way, we have done it together. We are continuing to build on the solid foundation we have constructed to ensure our residents have the best possible health care.”