LETTER: Who will fight for mammography patients?

Reader Liz Knox writes: "What happens when there are appointment delays? Will they put on an extra bus for those people?

Re: “Mammography at Kootenay Lake hospital or bust

I am writing this letter because I am so disappointed in the IHA and the lethargy in our community regarding the move of mammography to Trail.

I am a breast cancer survivor and will have to make this trip yearly. This means more time lost from work, and I will not make this trip in winter. There is also a concern that older women who are at higher risk of breast cancer will not travel to Trail.

Then there is the issue of issue of those who have no means of transport, and that the bus routes from Kaslo, Nakusp and Crawford Bay are not adequate. They do not coincide with appointment times.

The IHA says they are going to work on this but what happens when there are appointment delays? Will they put on an extra bus for those people? Or will they be left to take a taxi? It costs $200 one way from Trail to Nelson. How many of us have that kind of money? Where is our MLA? where is our female mayor? Who is going to fight for us?

Liz Knox

Nelson

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