New Democrats discuss health care this Thursday

Dr. Ravi Rughani with new ultrasound machine at Ridge Meadows Hospital. - Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS
Dr. Ravi Rughani with new ultrasound machine at Ridge Meadows Hospital.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

New Democrats are visiting Maple Ridge this Thursday to talk about health care.

NDP health spokesperson Judy Darcy will be at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre on 224th Street, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

One topic of discussion will be the recent direction to expecting mothers, temporarily diverting them from Ridge Meadows Hospital because of a staff shortage.

"For these growing communities, the lack of basic medical care is completely unacceptable," Darcy said in a release.

She'll also talk about people being turned away at walk-in medical clinics.

“People in Maple Ridge have seen firsthand that (Premier) Christy Clark has not been working to end the waits for effective public health care,” said Darcy.

Maple Ridge families, patients, and health care stakeholders are invited to bring their stories to Darcy so that she can raise them in the B.C. legislature.

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton however said the government is doing a lot for health care in Maple Ridge, citing the recent acquisition of a MRI machine for Ridge Meadows Hospital.

As for people being turned away at walk-in clinics, Dalton pointed out that those are private businesses.

"Maple Ridge has seen success in attracting doctors," he said.

Darcy's visit follows that of Green Party of B.C. leader Andrew Weaver earlier in the month.

Weaver showed up in the Arts Centre Theatre Feb. 2 for the kick off of Green party candidate Peter Tam's campaign. Tam is running in Maple Ridge-Mission against Dalton and NDP candidate Bob D'Eith.

Tam spoke about the importance of family and how support in education and creating an economy that fosters balanced family growth are important.

Weaver spoke about the Green party's climate plan.

The provincial election takes place May 9.






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