Concern over the future of health care in the West End was the order of the day, as Providence Health care kicked off consultations on the new Saint Paul’s hospital.
Bobbie Bees works at the hospital and says he supports the new facility, but only if key health services stay downtown.
“A small emergency, satellite emergency department. We do have a dire shortage of mental health beds, we do have a dire shortage of geriatric care, elder care. So to keep something here in these two buildings would keep the West End citizens happy.”
Providence officials are currently polling residents on what services should be moved to the new $1.2 billion facility, to be located on the False Creek Flats.
Consultations will wrap later this year, with a business plan project to be delivered next fall.
The province announced it was moving the hospital last April, reversing a 2012 pledge to upgrade the 121 year old Burrard Street location.