SURREY Mayor Doug McCallum on Tuesday said that “as mayor of the fastest growing city in the province where more and more families are choosing to call Surrey home, the temporary closure of the Peace Arch Hospital maternity unit is a short-sighted move that will do little to solve the long-term health needs of the region.”
He noted that as the second largest city in BC that is growing by more than 1000 residents each month, the demand for local and accessible healthcare is a top priority for the more than 600,000 people who reside in Surrey. The maternity unit at Peace Arch Hospital provides readily accessible and local healthcare that is essential for the young families in the growing communities of South Surrey and White Rock.
McCallum said: “There is considerable concern among the residents of South Surrey and White Rock over the impending closure and there is also justifiable outrage that money raised by the hospital foundation specifically for the maternity unit has been all for naught.”
He added: “As a former Chair of Peace Arch Hospital, I would strongly urge Fraser Health and the Ministry of Health to rescind their decision. I want to assure them that they can count on the full weight of the City of Surrey to help solve this problem. The Peace Arch Hospital maternity unit is a critical component of health care for the community and it should stay that way for now and the future.”