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General News · 28th July 2010
Claire Trevena
North Island MLA Claire Trevena is calling on the Vancouver Island Health Authority to give assurances that there won't be cuts to care at Campbell River Hospital.

Her demands come as VIHA announced its intention to move some of the laboratory work done at the hospital to Victoria.

“We have fought very hard to ensure that VIHA commits to maintaining its present level of service to Campbell River and that all services currently provided at our present hospital be available at the new hospital, when it is built,” said Trevena.

“I am very worried that these cuts in the lab are part of a slow erosion of services that our community needs to maintain high quality public health care.

“We have a committed medical and support staff at our hospital, we have huge community support for our hospital, we have people who have campaigned vigorously to keep a hospital in our city – and VIHA seems willing to ignore all of that and put its focus in Victoria.”

Trevena has written to VIHA President and CEO Howard Waldner criticising the job losses and the loss of autonomy at the hospital. She is also asking for further public commitments on the provision of services and of care at Campbell River Hospital now and when the new hospital is built.

She has also been lobbying the Minister of Health on the importance of moving quickly on the agreeing to plans to build a new hospital in Campbell River.