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PC mismanagement hurts patient care at the Misericordia

MEDICINE HAT, AB (July 7, 2014): For years, the PC government has ignored pressing maintenance needs at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton and now patients are paying the consequences, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

According to reports, flooding at the Misericordia Hospital will delay surgeries for patients at the hospital. The recent flooding is just the latest in a laundry list of problems at the Misericordia which includes leaky pipes, over 120 asbestos sites, temperature control issues and mould so bad staff must wear personal protective equipment in certain rooms.

Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes said the government earmarked $100 million for upgrades at the Misericordia in 2010, but the work did not proceed. He said the PCs are stalling in order to develop a health facilities capital plan for all the hospitals in the entire Edmonton region.

“Issues at the Misericordia are deeply troubling, but unsurprising, given the billion dollars of deferred maintenance for hospitals across Alberta,” Barnes said. “From sewage backups at the Wainwright Health Centre, to mould in the kitchen at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, to flooding at the Misericordia in Edmonton; our hospitals aren’t receiving the support they need from government. Upgrades are needed now, as patients are the ones suffering the consequences. This can’t go on.”

Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said Misericordia health care patients are being asked to pay the price for the government’s gross neglect of the facility.

“These issues haven’t just popped up out of nowhere. They’ve been boiling over for years, and now patients are having their quality of care compromised,” Forsyth said. “The fact surgery patients at the Misericordia must now have their surgeries delayed due to this government’s mismanagement is simply unacceptable. Taxpayers deserve better than this. This is not a reflection of a multi-billion dollar health care system.”

VIDEO of Wildrose MLAs addressing Misericordia maintenance can be found below:

Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Heather Forsyth: March 17, 2014

Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes: April 11, 2014