The City of Airdrie is among the fastest growing communities in Alberta. But I understand that, with a population approaching sixty thousand, Airdrie is still without plans to have a hospital there!
I think that is ridiculous and disgusting! Calgary has the new South Health Campus, which is a beautiful facility, but it certainly was never designed to help the folks from up north here - it's just too far away! We need a similar facility built somewhere right around Airdrie! NOW!
I've been told that over 1200 babies are born in Calgary hospitals each year to Airdrie parents! New moms are transported down one of the busiest highways in Canada, to a hospital many kilometers away from their home communities. New dads have little choice but to either get a hotel room in Calgary, sleep on the hospitals' floors, or commute from Airdrie to visit their new families!
What kind of a system is that?
Those in the Provincial government say that Airdrie's huge and rapid growth was hard to predict. Well, predict it or not, it's here! So what is going to be done about it?
I say let's shelve the "Big City Charters," for now and concentrate all resources on addressing this health care crisis in Airdrie. I'm sure the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton would both agree that this is a much more pressing problem! Our new Premier, Jim Prentice, must be made aware of this situation. He's been too quiet on this crisis so far.
What are we going to do about it?