The BC government upgrades Burnaby Hospital, while others face closures Pi News

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BC Premier John Horgan announced the launch of a long-awaited hospital upgrade project in Metro Vancouver, while acknowledging that some hospitals in rural areas of the province are facing temporary ward closures.

The Prime Minister attended the lawn-turning ceremony to mark the start of the Burnaby Hospital upgrade, which is expected to cost about $ 1.3 billion.

According to Horgan, the hospital’s first major redesign in 40 years will include an expanded emergency department, a new cancer treatment center and two towers, more operating rooms and 399 new beds.

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However, speaking about the redesign plan, he said he understands the concerns of residents in Horgan, Clearwater, Port McNeill and other BC communities, where wards are being temporarily closed and patients are being referred to larger hospitals.

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According to Horgan, hospitals, like many workplaces, are experiencing staff shortages as a result of the current COVID-19 epidemic.

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