June 26, 2013 - 4:00 PM
Area medical society keeps on with own strategy
PENTICTON - Area doctors are not sitting on their heels while the province progresses with a business case for the patient care tower project.
Health minister Terry Lake said on Wednesday requests for proposals have gone out to architectural, engineering and mechanical consulting services in the development of a business case for the proposed $300 million tower.
Premier Christy Clark was in Penticton on March 20 to approve the business case which some local doctors did not think was necessary. They said the business case has already been done and other regions got their projects approved without one.
Dr. David Paisley said the Penticton Medical Staff Society are making friends with people who have connections to the government. Paisley and other doctors have been spearheading the campaign for a new tower which will address overcrowding and upgrade issues.
The society president said they will be holding off hiring a lobbyist to get the province rolling on building the addition to Penticton Regional Hospital. They will instead pursue other avenues. "We are trying to keep our fingers on the pulse on how (it) is progressing."
Paisley declined to comment on the latest news as he didn't know enough about today's announcement.
Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said this is a big step forward for South Okanagan and Similkameen residents.
“The road to a new patient care tower at PRH is getting shorter,” Interior Health board chair Norman Embree said.
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