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Alberta Party leader would build hospitals, shorten wait times, improve service

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm MDT

Stephen Mandel delivers closing speech - Alberta Leaders Debate - April 4th 2019 CityTv

EDMONTON (CANADIAN PRESS) – Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel says a government led by him would build hospitals, shorten wait times and provide predictable funding for public health care.

Mandel says his government would go ahead with new facilities in Edmonton and Grande Prairie, an expansion at the Red Deer Hospital and finish construction of the new Calgary Cancer Centre.

More non-acute care beds outside hospitals, improved home care options and new care clinics to take the load off emergency rooms would all be part of the Alberta Party plan.

The leader says his government would review all existing health infrastructure, and develop a long-term plan to address what he calls underfunded maintenance and a need to modernize.

Mandel, who was health minister under the last Progressive Conservative government, is running in Tuesday’s election for the first time as Alberta Party leader.

He says the province’s health care is already there for people when they need it most, but that comes with a cost to government.