The province is lauding its budget plans around maintenance at hospitals.
It has surpassed the $50-million mark in spending for long-awaited repairs to several facilities, which is all part of a $131-million plan unveiled in its last budget.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says it’s important to highlight the upgrades, which she believes were put on the back-burner by the former PC government.
“We don’t often do ribbon cuttings when you’re doing things like replacing a roof or a boiler, but they’re just as critical to making sure we have great infrastructure as building a new building,” Hoffman told reporters on Monday.
Hoffman says the province’s health care facilities need about $700-million worth of repairs, something they will continue to chip away at.
“It’s significant and this isn’t something that happened overnight or by accident,” Hoffman continued. “We believe that there was an intentional underfunding in these areas of maintenance over the last several years.”
The projects undertaken so far this year include upgrades in Fort Macleod, Taber, Crowsnest Pass, Ponoka and Lac La Biche.