BC NDP commits to invest in hospital and public health care for Surrey


John Horgan

SURREY and North Delta BC NDP candidates are speaking out against Christy Clark’s private health care agenda and committing to invest in public health care for people, including plans for a new regional hospital in Surrey.

“Christy Clark is quietly moving forward with a plan to create private hospitals that only the rich can afford. Her plan for private care means longer waits for patients and even fewer resources for public health care,” said BC NDP Leader John Horgan on Sunday.

“Patients can’t afford another four years of Christy Clark’s cuts and neglect. We must reject the BC Liberal plan for two-tiered private health care and invest in public health care for people.”

The BC NDP will start the process of building a new hospital for Surrey with a strategic analysis, which will cost approximately $3 million and is the first stage leading to construction of a new hospital for Surrey.

“Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have neglected our health care system, which has led to long waits in emergency rooms and hallway medicine at hospitals like Surrey Memorial,” said Jagrup Brar, NDP candidate in Surrey-Fleetwood.

“We know that with a growing population, health care needs grow as well. The BC Liberals have failed to move forward with a plan for health care that accounts for this growth. Instead, they are planning more private health care where the rich can pay to move to the front of the line,” said Garry Begg, NDP candidate in Surrey-Guildford.

“Surrey residents just don’t believe the BC Liberal empty promises to fix health care. They’ve been promised a new hospital for more than 10 years, yet Christy Clark’s government sold off the lands where it would have been built,” said Jinny Sims, NDP candidate in Surrey-Panorama. “A BC NDP government will move forward with the hospital.”

“By investing in family care centres, and getting started on planning for a second hospital, we can start to reverse the BC Liberal failures and relieve the pressure on Surrey Memorial for Delta residents who depend on it,” said Ravi Kahlon, NDP candidate in North Delta.