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Health minister Michael de Jong will announce VJH funding in weeks

Funding details for Vernon Jubilee Hospital are just a few weeks away.

Health Minister Michael de Jong will be in Vernon April 2 or 3 to announce capital spending for new acute care beds in VJH’s Polson tower.

“It will be a positive announcement and the details of the announcement will be released when he’s here,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

Foster, community leaders, health care workers and residents have been demanding the two shelled-in floors in the tower be completed and beds added to resolve capacity issues.

Overcrowding has led to cancelled surgeries and patients being kept in hallways.

Foster hasn’t been given an indication if there will be funding for both floors or just one at this time.

“I’d like two floors. There are financial benefits to doing the job all at once instead of spreading it out over two or three years,” he said.

“I hope that what ever we do, it will relieve the backlog.”

 

 

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