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Richmond councillors calling on Premier to dedicate funding to aging hospital

Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 1:52 pm PDT

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Richmond councillor Bill McNulty says the city's hospital is outdated, dangerous in the event of an earthquake

Petition calling for provincial support has 2,000 signatures

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Ahead of the upcoming provincial budget, a¬†few Richmond councillors are calling on the province to make a financial commitment towards a new acute care tower at the city’s aging hospital.

The trio of councillors says the facility is outdated and even dangerous in the event of an earthquake.

Councillor Bill McNulty says a petition urging provincial support for the project, has already surpassed its goal.

“We thought we’d get 1,000 signatures for the petition to remind John Horgan that you must make a commitment to… the hospital, and we nearly got 2,000 signatures,” says McNulty. “The people of Richmond are extremely concerned.”

McNulty says the city doing its share, pointing to the Richmond Hospital Foundation which has raised $27-million to contribute towards a new facility.

“Healthcare knows no political boundaries, we know that this particular structure is in peril. Given the nature of earthquakes, we know it will not withstand a sizable shake.”

The current Richmond Hospital opened in 1966.