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Prince George BC – Good news for the University Hospital of Northern BC. The Province has announced $8 million to expand inpatient bed capcity and a further $4.5 million for upgrades to the electrical systems.
The Province has also approved the development of a concept plan for phase one of a redevelopment that will include expanded surgical services, mental health and cardiac care .
Northern Health Board Chair Charles Jago says the plan is for a 6 storey building with new surgical suites and that the project will be fast tracked .”There has been a lot of work on the concept plan already, so we’re ready to get down to details. Then you have a plan that goes to cabinet and the treasury board and you get the approval for the business planning, so we are well along the way. I just want people to understand that we’re not starting from zero, we’ve done a lot of the work, so we’ll be moving quickly.”
Dr. Bill Simpson, of the Northern Medical Society offers praise to the local MLAs and to the Premier for getting this project the attention it needed. It was just a couple of months ago that the Society voiced its disappointment that new facilities had been announced for Kamloops and in the lower mainland, but nothing for this region. ” when there was such a need in this region . I didn’t think it would happen this quickly” says Dr. Bill Simpson “I am truly impressed the enormous amount of work that’s gone into this to fast track. Especially grateful to the Premier who became personally interested and involved. She had a meeting with us face to face, she listened, she got all sorts of information and made a decision to have it fast tracked. It took political will to do that.” Dr. Simpson says fast tracking the work has taken two years off the planning process.
Dr. Jago says it is possible to see shovels in the ground “within a two year period, I think we are intent on moving forward quickly. The demand is there, the need is there, we’ve done a lot of the preliminary work, a massive amount of work, so we are ready to move ahead vigorously.”