Health Minister Fred Horne says that Edmonton needs a new facility to replace the aging Misericordia Hospital in the city’s west end.

“The fact is Edmonton is going to need a new hospital,” Horne said on Tuesday.

“We know that, it’s going to have to come sooner rather than later.”

Last week, staff spoke out about problems with the 45-year old facility which include leaky pipes, broken elevators and makeshift ICUs.

Horne says that the province currently gives Covenant Health funding to maintain the building each year -- about $15 million last year. 

He couldn’t say if the province will announce money for a new hospital when the provincial budget is released on March 6.

Horne says that health care infrastructure needs are currently at $5 billion.