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Where, oh where, will the Children’s Hospital be?

February 10, 2010

Well, well, well.

Looks like reality has finally caught up with the Saskatoon Health Region’s plans for a Children’s Hospital.

“There has been significant discussion in the community on whether or not building a new $200-million dollar facility co-located with Royal University Hospital makes the most sense,” says Maura Davies, Saskatoon Health Region president and CEO.

ORLY?

The StarPhoenix has featured a fairly steady stream of letters to the editor about a Children’s Hospital.  Many of those letters were from people who work in for the health region and know that Saskatoon City Hospital is underutilized and uniquely positioned to hold a Children’s Hospital.  Kids could actually play outside at Kinsmen Park while they are in hospital.  What a novel idea!

Have you ever been in City Hospital?  Some wards are actually being used as offices and store rooms.  Yep.  The newest hospital has patient wards being wasted.

I assume that the province’s budget deficit didn’t exactly help matters.  Seems to me as if the province doesn’t exactly have $200 million extra to spend on a building that we don’t really need.  The health region will have to make do with the space that they currently have instead of expanding.  Just like all of us have to do.

Too bad that they couldn’t have focused on using City Hospital earlier rather than wasting money on plans for a new building.  Do you think that the “Art Gallery of Saskatchewan” planners might get the same message?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tired permalink
    February 11, 2010 1:33 pm

    What money has been wasted? Nothing’s happened yet. All they’ve done is hired a project manager – no plans have been drawn up – no location-specific money has been spent.

    So now you’re able to say “I told you so”. That’s great but can’t you at least give credit where credit is due? The fact they backed up in response to criticism (despite having a clear mandate to proceed based on 2007 consultation) is huge.

    • Michele permalink*
      February 11, 2010 8:30 pm

      I think that the budget had more to do with the backtracking than community criticism.

  2. Michele permalink*
    February 11, 2010 3:14 pm

    They wasted money and time trying to figure out where around RUH the building could be placed. Instead, they could have started on plans for using available space.

  3. Tired permalink
    February 12, 2010 9:43 am

    I have no doubt that budget was a factor in their decision and I still don’t get how they “wasted money and time” (nothing has been spent and complex projects like this take time).

    My question remains… Can you not give them ANY credit?

  4. Michele permalink*
    February 12, 2010 9:53 am

    Since I don’t believe that we even need a children’s hospital, the answer to that would be “no”.

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