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BC NDP, liberals trade by-election barbs over new Surrey hospital

The BC NDP and BC Liberals exchanged views on Thursday over a planned new hospital in Cloverdale amid heated by-elections in South Surrey.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix appears with NDP candidate Pauline Greaves, scheduled for his 180th street next to Kwantlen Institute of Technology. We pitched a new facility.

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Last Month, NDP The government has released details of the hospital, which includes 168 beds, a 55-space emergency room and a cancer center.

Dicks called it an important facility for the rapidly growing city. By the middle of the next decade, it will be the largest facility in BC.

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And he's his BC liberal accused of taking action during his last term. The power to derail a project.

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"In the previous iteration he NDP bought the land. The Liberals promised a hospital." Dix said.

“(BC Liberal Leader) Kevin Falcon was the MLA here.

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It was one of many lands sold by the former BC liberal government for just under a dollar.

But liberals accuse the hospital of failing to pledge itself by building what the NDP calls a "shining emergency care center."

"The NDP promised to provide Surrey voters with a full-service hospital, but they could afford only 168 beds, no ICUs, no maternity wards, and a cloverleaf hospital. Only a respectable emergency care center in Dale," Falcon said in a statement Thursday.

"We are committed to getting things done in Surrey, and residents are encouraged by the BC Liberal Government to provide full-service hospitals to meet critical community needs. You can expect NDP's glorious clinic.

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States are facing shortages of family physicians, closing emergency rooms in small and rural areas, As we grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, BC Liberal South Surrey candidate Eleanor Sturko and Green Party candidate Simran Salai spoke out  about long ambulance wait times.

Construction of the new Surrey hospital is set to begin next summer, with completion targeted for 2027.

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