SURREY â€” If Doug McCallum is voted in as the cityâ€™s next mayor, he wants to see a new hospital built on city-owned land near the old city hall.
In a release sent out Friday (Nov. 7), the former mayor said despite Surrey Memorial receiving upgrades in recent years, the current facility is still over capacity.
â€œThe demand in the community has been there for a long time,â€ he said.
McCallum said a second hospital could be built on land around existing buildings, which currently houses the courts and police services. The province has also signed a lease to house Crown counsel and community corrections at the site, but have yet to move in.
According to McCallum thereâ€™s plenty of room around the existing buildings to construct a second hospital.
â€œAround the old city hall we have 15 acres and so we would leverage part of that 15 acres with the Ministry of Health to build a new hospital,â€ he said. â€œSo we can use that as an enticement to say that we have some land here already available.â€
At a previous police committee meeting, the idea of that land being used to further establish a "justice precinct" has also been suggested, but McCallum argued the land could accommodate both.
â€œThe hospital doesnâ€™t need 15 acres, you can build a hospital on seven acres if not smaller,â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s lots of land out there to do any type of expansion and from the cityâ€™s point of view the priority for a hospital is far greater than expanding the other facilities and so forth. You wouldnâ€™t believe how much the people in the community need a new hospital.â€