Hansard November 25, 2013
Mr. Silver: In February of this year, the Auditor General of Canada had some very strong criticisms for the Yukon Party and its mismanagement of capital projects. He was referring, of course, to the overbudget and behind-schedule hospitals in Watson Lake and in Dawson City. Fast-forwarding to today the Hospital Corporation is once again embarking on a major capital project — the expansion of the Whitehorse Hospital.
The corporation recently said that the new project will cost $60 million to $65 million to complete. It was only three short years ago that Yukoners were assured that the project would cost $50 million. Why has the cost of the project gone up $10 million to $15 million before a shovel has hit the ground?Read more
Hansard November 6, 2013
Mr. Silver: Since we began this sitting I have been asking questions about the mismanagement of the F.H. Collins Secondary School project. I’d like to move today to another capital project the Yukon Party has bungled: the overbudget and behind-schedule Dawson City hospital.Read more
Mr. Silver: The issue of new hospitals has been in the news lately and for all the wrong reasons. The government has been roundly criticized for poor planning and poor financial management of the two new hospital projects in rural Yukon. The Auditor General of Canada’s report on the mistakes the government made is quite a read.
The centrepiece of this year’s budget is a $27-million bailout of the Yukon Hospital Corporation to clean up the financial mess that has been created. Once the hospitals are finished they will need to be staffed. When the government decided to build these facilities there was no plan in place to staff either one of them.
Will the Minister of Health and Social Services confirm that nurses from Whitehorse General Hospital have been asked to work in the new hospital in Dawson because there are not enough nurses to staff the facility?Read more
Sandy Silver today issued the following statement on the resignation of the Yukon Medical Council:Read more
Whitehorse: The centrepiece of the latest Cathers/Pasloski Budget is a $27 million dollar bailout of the Yukon Hospital Corporation and it confirms fears about poor planning and fiscal mismanagement, says Liberal Leader Sandy Silver.Read more
Whitehorse: Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver says today’s Auditor General of Canada report confirms what the Liberal Caucus has been saying for years: that two rural hospitals were poorly planned and built with no idea of what the health care needs of the local communities were.Read more
Whitehorse: Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is calling on Premier Pasloski to confirm that officials from both the Yukon Hospital Corporation (YHC) and the Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) will appear as witnesses in the Yukon Legislative Assembly during the upcoming Spring Sitting.Read more
Whitehorse: Klondike MLA Sandy Silver is urging the Government of Yukon to rethink a plan to name the new health care facility in Dawson City, the Dawson City Community Hospital. Community consultations last fall produced Father Judge Memorial Hospital as the preferred name.Read more
Whitehorse: The Yukon Liberal caucus says that the Yukon Party Government needs to do more to ensure that Yukoners are provided with safe living and working conditions, especially in regards to the installation and maintenance of oil burning furnaces.Read more
Whitehorse: Provincial Premiers are on the right track with the creation of a Health Care Innovation Working Group, says Interim Liberal Party Leader, Darius Elias. Elias was responding to progress made at the winter meeting of Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, held recently in Vancouver.Read more