NDP MLA Melanie Mark says new infrastructure funding a boost for community services

Kevin Falcon refused to build medical school in Surrey when he was Health Minister

November 29, 2022 at 11:02 am  Politics, Provincial

Yesterday, Premier David Eby announced action to build a medical school in Surrey, a project that Kevin Falcon refused to build when he was Health Minister.

In 2008 and 2009, the Fraser Health Authority and Simon Fraser University pushed Falcon and the B.C. Liberals to open a medical school in Surrey.

The CEO of the Fraser Health Authority said in 2008, “there is a real shortage of doctors and a medical school in this jurisdiction would be very complementary to that objective.”

But instead of saying yes to the medical school, Falcon kicked the can down the road. He said in 2009: “I don’t have even the most elemental knowledge of what it would cost and what’s involved… I would need to see the business case.”

Over the following year and a half that Falcon served as Health Minister, he refused to move forward on the project. He also refused to act when he was in charge of the government budget as Finance Minister in 2011 and 2012.

At the same time he was refusing to build the Surrey medical school, Falcon was failing on his promise to “provide every British Columbian who wants a family doctor with one by 2015.” Instead of getting all British Columbians a family doctor, the shortage got much worse.

The new medical school is the latest in a series of actions by David Eby and the B.C. NDP to tackle the doctor shortage. Last month, B.C. reached a historic deal to attract and retain family doctors. On Sunday, Eby announced he is tripling the capacity of the program to license internationally trained doctors to practice in Canada.

B.C. NDP Caucus Chair Jagrup Brar:

“If Kevin Falcon had approved the Surrey medical school 13 years ago when he had the chance, British Columbia would be much better off now. Instead, he prioritized tax giveaways for his wealthy friends while he refused to build the medical school and made aggressive cuts to hospitals. Kevin Falcon’s record shows he would make the doctor shortage worse, not better.”

View the full article from the original source

No conversations yet

Activity Stream

Thu, Apr 11, 2024 at 4:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Carbon pricing 101: How it works!
Thu, Apr 4, 2024 at 8:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Carbon pricing is good for the climate and affordability
Thu, Mar 28, 2024 at 8:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Climate change, water and ice are inextricably linked
Thu, Mar 21, 2024 at 8:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil fuel industry gaslighting puts world at risk
Thu, Mar 14, 2024 at 8:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Alberta adds fuel to the climate crisis fire
Thu, Mar 7, 2024 at 11:30 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: KamloopsTrails.ca – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Mar 7, 2024 at 8:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Valuing exponential growth as “progress” is unsustainable
Tue, Mar 5, 2024 at 8:30 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Ridge Lakes on Spikes – Kamloops Trails
Mon, Mar 4, 2024 at 2:13 pm - Kamloops Film Society posted on their blog: InfoTel Kamloops horror film festival features all Canadian
Full Stream