Dec. 12, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Improvements will be made at regional hospitals, medical equipment will be bought, and a new health centre will be built in 2009-10, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.
Murphy unveiled these plans for the Department of Health's $67-million capital budget for 2009-10. This is $9.6 million more than the current fiscal year.
"This budget supports projects that will improve the quality and accessibility of health care, reduce wait times for patients, and promote the sustainability of the public system," Murphy said. "As a result of these projects, health-care services will be even better for New Brunswickers as we continue our journey to self-sufficiency."
As part of the provincial government's $1.2-billion capital spending for the next two fiscal years, the department's new budget is designed to promote economic activity while addressing priorities in the health sector.
"New Brunswick's economy must be fortified against the effects of the current global economic downturn," Murphy said. "This budget will spur economic activity, keep many New Brunswickers working and ensure that we stay on track to reach self-sufficiency by 2026."
The budget provides funding for several projects at provincial hospitals:
Major construction projects will be funded:
The budget provides $24 million for the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital and the Saint John Regional Hospital to buy radiation therapy technology and to build an expansion to house the new equipment. A further $10 million will be used to buy equipment needed at various health facilities.
The Department of Health will invest $4.4 million to improve hospital infrastructure and extend the lifespan of health-care facilities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.