Abbotsford P3 Hospital - overtime and over budget



    
    BC Health Coalition document shows government's P3 overspending could
    have provided better health care services for seniors and others.
    

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - If you listen to the politicians, the new
Abbotsford P3 Hospital was built using the best and most cost-effective model
- a public-private-partnership. However, the facts(*) show that the project is
three years late in opening, and the total operating cost for the entire life
of the project has increased by almost 100%.
    Bed numbers are also reduced - the original plan called for 300 beds, but
the hospital has opened with only 261. Area residents deserve a new, high
quality facility - not cuts in services.
    "BC's precious health care dollars need to be spent wisely in order to
provide quality care," says Joyce Jones, co-chair of the BC Health Coalition.
"We need new health care facilities, but we can't afford expensive P3 models."

    (*)BC Health Coalition - Abbotsford P3 Fact Sheet attached

    
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    All that glitters is NOT gold...

    If you listen to the politicians, the new Abbotsford P3 Hospital was
    built using the best and most cost-effective model - a public-private-
    partnership.

    But, let's look at the facts and what that means for services for our
    communities. We deserve to have new, high-quality services that meet
    health care demands in our community.

    BC's precious health care dollars need to be spent wisely in order to
    provide the quality care our seniors and others deserve. BC can't afford
    these kinds of expenditures going to big international corporations. We
    need the funds right here in BC to supply enough care providers for a
    public health care system that is available to everyone, regardless of
    income.

    Abbotsford's P3 Hospital


    On Time?

    Original completion date: 2005
    Opening date: August 2008 (three years behind schedule)

    On Budget?

    Total operating cost for entire life of project (2001): $720 million
    Total operating cost for entire life of project (2008): $1.4 billion
    (100% increase in the budget)
    Original construction cost (2001): $211 million
    Final construction cost (2008): $355 million (60% increase in
    construction costs)
    Original annual lease and service payments (2001): $21 million
    Current annual lease and services payments (2008): $40 million
    (90% increase in payments)

    What about the beds?

    Number of beds in original proposal: 300
    Number of beds in final proposal: 261 (40 more beds may be opened at a
    later date)
    Number of beds in previous Abbotsford/Mission hospitals (1991): 300
    Number of beds in Abbotsford/Mission hospitals (2008) - after new
    hospital opens: 281 (That's 19 fewer beds - a 6% cut)
    Population increase in Abbotsford/Mission since 1991: 50,000

    Take Action!

    If you're concerned about extra costs, lengthy delays, and decreased
    services, contact Premier Gordon Campbell at:
    premier@gov.bc.ca or
    Room 156,
    Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
    Phone: 250.387.1715 Fax: 250.387.0087

    If you're concerned about public health care in Abbotsford, and want to
    work with us to defend medicare, please contact the BC Health Coalition
    at: 604.681.7945 or coordinator@bchealthcoalition.ca

    www.bchealthcoalition.ca
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For further information:

For further information: Joyce Jones, co-chair; BC Health Coalition:
(604) 987-0168 or (604) 786-7530 (cell); Maryann Abbs, coordinator, BC Health:
(604) 787-6541

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