Nelson health care: a tale of ups and downs

Even more worthy of praise have been the services of the home care nursing staff here in Nelson.

Yeah, it’s me on health care again. I recently had to avail myself of the surgical services of the Interior Health Authority. The less said about that first night — the ambulance ride to Trail, the surgery there — the better. It was like re-entering heaven to come back to the cool, comfortable ward of the Kootenay Lake Hospital staffed by competent professionals, for which I have never-ending praise.

Even more worthy of praise have been the services of the home care nursing staff here in Nelson. They truly are first-rate assets to the health care system, bringing not only skilled nursing services but ones touched by compassion and human understanding.

It would be extremely unfortunate if Interior Health were to further cut services which are so valuable to the health care system. So many bedside workers have been displaced by the addition of needless administrative positions  throughout the BC “Authority” system of delivering care. The bottom line is money — theirs, not ours.

One is tempted to again vote NDP to get rid of this government whose soul-less approach to health care brought slashing cuts and the over-bureaucratization of Interior Health and other health authorities to us, not to mention the stripping of our own hospital (in Nelson) of superior services.  Of course, we now have a marvellous new emergency room, the better to assess our needs and ship us off to Trail.

Maurice A. Rhodes

Nelson