Minister taking Princeton Hospital situation seriously

Solutions to hospital ER crisis discussed at meeting

PRINCETON – Following the public meeting that was held in Princeton on June 21 acting Mayor Jason Earle, Area ‘H’ Director Brad Hope, Anne Giardini, President of Weyerhaeuser Canada and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip met with Minister of Health Michael de Jong and Robert Halpenny, CEO of Interior Health last week in Kelowna on the concerns that have been expressed by the community on the lack of emergency room coverage at the Princeton General Hospital.

Potential solutions for 24/7 emergency room coverage in Princeton were discussed and are being reviewed and considered by the Ministry of Health and the Interior Health Authority. Overall the meeting was very positive and the delegation is looking forward to future meetings that are currently being scheduled.

“Our goal for this meeting was to find immediate solutions in the short term of having our emergency room open 24/7, says Acting Mayor Jason Earle, “and I am confident working with the Ministry of Health and the Interior Health Authority that we will be able to and then we can continue to work on medium to long term solutions.”

We were very pleased that Minister Michael de Jong and Dr. Halpenny were available to meet with us on very short notice, says Area ‘H’ Director Brad Hope. “It shows that they too are taking this situation very serious.”

 

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