The Campbell Liberals health record includes:
creating a crisis in seniors' care by eliminating thousands of long-term care beds while failing to deliver on their promise to build 5,000 new ones;
shutting down or downgrading hospitals in communities like Kimberly, New Westminster, Victoria and others despite promising to provide British Columbians “the care they need, when they need it, where they live” ;
letting hospital operating rooms lie idle while contracting out surgeries to private clinics – clinics that Gordon Campbell said he would make redundant;
tearing up health care contracts – something else they promised not to do -- and firing 8,000 skilled, experienced health care workers – most of them women – and cutting wages for the newly privatized workforce to the lowest rates in the country;
violating their commitment to value health care workers by slashing wages for LPNs, cardiology technologists, lab assistants, computer specialists, hospital trades workers and others by 15 per cent – generating a looming recruitment and retention crisis and contributing to plummeting staff morale; and
squandering more than $2 million on fees and expenses for its appointees to health authority boards.
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