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Despite one P3 hospital on shaky ground, the BC government is forging ahead with more health care privatization. The province and the Vancouver health authority are planning a privately financed and operated clinic at the Vancouver General Hospital. The clinic would provide day surgery and walk-in treatment. News of the clinic was buried in a Saturday announcement, and came with few details. The BC Health Coalition is demanding to see the business case for the $90 million P3.

The government has yet to make a case for a planned P3 hospital in Abbotsford. CUPE’s Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) has dissected the scheme from every angle, exposing the suspect data and faulty logic that was used to justify privatization.

New evidence from Britain highlights the problems with P3s in health care. Britain’s National Audit Office has concluded government and local authorities are using unreliable figures to prove private financing provided good value for money. And a recent survey by the British Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of its public sector members showed only one per cent thought private financing provided value for money, while more than half disagreed.

Back in BC, HEU members are making their voices heard in their pension plan. At their recent convention, members overwhelmingly rejected any move to invest their pension funds in P3s. They planned to have their say at an annual meeting of the Municipal Pension Plan, ensuring that pension funds aren’t invested in ways that undermine Medicare and public sector jobs.