Dix says government ‘will have more to say’ and ‘soon’ about second hospital for Surrey

Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix otherwise provided little detail Tuesday at press conference

Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix said the government “will have more to say” and “soon” about the status of a second hospital for Surrey but otherwise provided little detail when asked about it at a press conference Tuesday.

Dix was in Fleetwood, at the Elim Village seniors complex, to announce upgrades to seniors’ services in Surrey, Delta and Langley.

SEE: Province gives $12.8M boost to senior care in Surrey, Delta and Langley

Dix noted Premier John Horgan has committed to seeing another hospital built in Surrey and that the concept plan, being overseen by Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO of Fraser Health, was launched in December 2017.

“We committed to that, the premier committed to a second hospital in Surrey. The concept plan is going well,” Dix said Tuesday.

“Dr. Lee is leading that initiative, I am very confident. We are fully intending to deliver on that second hospital that’s needed in this community. There’s some challenges, I say delicately, in a totally non-political way. The previous government did sell, for reasons passing understanding, a Surrey site in Surrey that would have been very valuable to us, but we think we can get there and we’ll have more to say about it soon.”

In the 1990s Mike Harcourt’s NDP government bought some property at 5750 Panorama Drive, near 152nd Street and Highway 10, as a potential site for a new hospital but the Liberals sold the Panorama property for $20,516,000 in March 2014. Townhouses and condominiums are being built there.

READ OUR VIEW: Horgan’s hospital promise for Surrey is anemic when it comes to details

READ ALSO: Surrey MLA decries ‘fire sale’ of land



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram  and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Hands Against Racism takes over Surrey City Hall

Event included music, dance; two people received awards

New driver ticketed after sending vehicle through White Rock garden

‘We heard a big bang and he drove right into the bush,’ witness says

Surrey couple visits the Philippines each year to give back to wife’s former village

Nissa and Bob Clarkson give toys to children, provide medical-dental missions

STRONG, PERSEVERING AND PROUD: Surrey Pride celebrates 20 years with biggest party yet

PART ONE: A special series on the past, present and future of our LGBTQ+ community

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

VIDEO: Vancouver fall to Seattle in Game 2 of the playoffs

Thunderbirds topple the Giants 4-1 in Langley, evening the Western Conference series one game each

Most Read