I was just watching Global Okanagan news and there was a story about the shortage of physicians in the Kamloops area.
Judy D’Arcy, of the provincial NDP caucus, along with NDP leader John Horgan, made some very valid points about the 250,000 residents of B.C. who cannot get the services of a general practitioner and the need for a medical team with nurses involved in the medical treatment to a greater extent than what is now being delivered.
Additionally, Kelly Stalker, of Falkland, made an eloquent argument regarding her needs, and those of her family, which are not easily accessible in her area.
As a recent arrival in Vernon (last year), we have been lucky enough to find a physician, but that is not the case for so many in a province where the Liberal Party assured residents that all B.C. residents would have their own physicians by 2015.
Anybody who has had to call hospital switchboards in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna or Penticton and been told that no doctors are accepting new patients must find the assurance of the Liberals empty promises as they stand in line for hours at walk-in clinics waiting to see a doctor, with a crying child in their arms.