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Vernon Jubilee Hospital to get more beds

The VJH Polson Tower had its official opening by Minister of Health Michael de Jong on October 13, 2011. (Interior Health)
Doctors, nurses and residents have been waiting for more beds at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Friday, B.C.'s Health minister ended the wait - sort of.

He announced "planning" will start on how to add beds to the recently opened Polson Tower, and construction is to begin in a year.

For years, the Vernon hospital has been chronically over-capacity, with patients regularly left in hallways.

The new tower, which opened in September, was supposed to fix those problems, but didn't.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Chris Cunningham, a Vernon doctor who's been advocating for the expansion, as well as Eric Foster, MLA for the Vernon-area.
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