The government has kept its promise to cancel the Edmonton clinical laboratory hub project.
“We’re standing by our commitment to cancel the expensive and disruptive superlab project and the ideologically driven plan to nationalize DynaLife. We’re going to put patients at the centre of the health system and invest health-care dollars where they’re most needed to strengthen our publicly funded health system and deliver better results for Albertans.”Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
The capital budget for the lab hub project is $595 million, of which $23 million has been spent to date. Albertans will save another $50 million from the cancellation of the planned buyout of DynaLife in 2022.
“The cancellation of this project will allow government to focus on patients and delivering a world-class health-care system. As per our contracts on the lab hub project, vendors will be compensated for the termination of contracts. With the project’s cancellation, the construction site will be restored.”Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure
The government will work with Alberta Health Services, lab services providers and other stakeholders to determine priorities for investment to ensure reliable and sustainable lab services for years to come.
- Alberta Infrastructure paused construction on the lab hub on April 19, 2019 in order to minimize costs and give government time to review the project’s plans.
- Lab tests inform more than 70 per cent of health-care decisions.
- There are 75 million lab tests performed in Alberta each year.
- About 2.3 million Albertans get lab tests annually.
- Alberta’s publicly funded health system spends about $770 million each year on laboratory medicine, or about four per cent of total annual health system spending.