The BC NDP is making another election promise, this one to bring down wait times at busy hospitals.
Party leader John Horgan says, if elected, the NDP plans to build urgent family care centres.
“We’re going to be taking pressure off emergency rooms. We’re going to be ensuring that we’ve got that space between the walk-in clinic and the emergency room.”
He adds that six in 10 Fraser Health patients spend up to 10 hours in emergency rooms.
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“I’m going to be taking the models that Judy and I have seen in Northern Health and try to bring those here into the densely populated areas of the Lower Mainland. We’re going to start in the areas that have the most need. I would suggest here in Fraser Health and Coastal Health is where the biggest challenges are and that’s where we’re going to focus.”
Horgan adds these centres would fill the gap for the 700,000 British Columbians without a family doctor.
The Liberals have promised $2.7-billion towards new hospitals over the next three years and 500 additional long-term care beds.
The Green Party has yet to release its health care plans, but party leader Andrew Weaver was also at work Monday in his home riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.
He unveiled his party’s democratic reform platform, which includes switching to a proportional representation electoral system.
He also promised to establish a public watchdog to oversee government advertising and communications, block cabinet ministers from engaging in partisan fundraising, and re-affirmed his commitment to ban corporate, union, and out-of-province donations.
Weaver said the Greens would also establish a provincial budget officer to provide independent analysis to the legislature on the state of the province’s finances, the government’s estimates and economic trends.