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Mismanagement and failure to prioritize leads to more Misericordia flooding: Forsyth

EDMONTON, AB (November 20, 2014): Ongoing mismanagement and failure to prioritize by the PC government has led to the Misericordia Hospital being flooded for the third time in just over one year, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.

The flooding has led to portions of the main floor, emergency room and cafeteria being closed off from the public. In October, Health Minister Stephen Mandel said it would be “irresponsible” to look at building a new hospital without further study.

“This government has been able to find hundreds of millions of dollars for refurbishing MLA offices, and building SkyPalaces, but has failed to make sure basic maintenance is being done at our major hospitals,” Forsyth said. “The government’s refusal to act is once again putting the safety of patients at risk.  This is unacceptable.”

In 2014, Alberta Infrastructure reported Edmonton had $252 million in deferred maintenance in health facilities, $43 million designated specifically for the Misericordia.

“This has been on the top of Alberta Health Services’ priority list for years, but the government has quite frankly failed to do their jobs and shown a complete lack of priorities,” Forsyth said. “Patients here in Edmonton and across Alberta deserve better from their government.”