FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Health’s capital budget will be $123.8 million in 2019-20.

Investments of $91.8 million will be made in ongoing major capital projects while $32 million has been allocated for capital improvements and the purchase of equipment.

“Health care is one of our government’s key priorities, and that is why this year we will invest over $120 million in capital improvements related to health care,” said Health Minister Ted Flemming. “At the same time we need to focus on maintaining the assets we use every day, like our hospitals, before we embark on any new capital health-care projects.”

Department officials will work with regional health authorities to determine how funding for capital equipment and improvements will be distributed.

This year’s capital budget includes:

  • $10.8 million for construction of the new Centre of Excellence, a provincial mental health treatment centre for youth in Campbellton.
  • $13.7 million for continuing work on the addition of a surgical suite and renovations at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.
  • $15.8 million for the maternal newborn unit project at the Moncton Hospital.
  • $33.9 million for continuing additions and renovations at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst.
  • $15 million for an addition and renovation project at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

Some projects are being delayed: the coronary care unit project at the Moncton Hospital; refurbishment of the intensive care, surgical and oncology units at the Saint John Regional Hospital; and a maternal newborn renovation project at the Edmundston Regional Hospital.

“Not proceeding with these projects at this time will free up resources for us to invest in five other major capital projects, while also addressing the sustainability of our province’s finances,” said Flemming.