0820 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith Member of Parliament Paul Manly is pushing for full tertiary care level offering more specialist services at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
He said he will seek federal infrastructure funding to support the provincial
government which has responsibility for health care. He has written to B.C. Health Minister Adrian seeking specialist services such as cancer, heart and kidney diseases at NRGH.
“Centre and North Island patients must travel to the BC Cancer Agency
in Victoria for radiation treatment. Cardiac patients north of the Malahat are frequently forced to travel to Victoria or Vancouver for procedures,” Manly said in the letter to Dix.
The 420,000 residents of Central and North Vancouver Island
served by NRGH outnumber the South Island, where patients have access to a much broader range of facilities and healthcare professionals, Manly added.
“There is no doubt that acute care demand will increase at NGRH as our population grows
and ages. The rising demand, and limited capacity to meet that demand, takes a toll on health care professionals, making it harder to recruit and retain the care teams we need in our region,” he said.