Nurses support

Community efforts successful in keeping hospital situation in public eye

Re: More support required (Beyond the Headlines column Sept. 7/11). It’s unfortunate the article didn’t focus on the positive aspects of this event – that a community group drew a respectable crowd to the rally outside Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Labour Day, and kept the issue in the public eye.

Any criticism should be directed to the provincial government and B.C. Liberal MLAs for failing to provide adequate healthcare staffing and resources the community deserves.

Nurses have been front and centre for months on the issue of overcrowding and inadequate staffing at Vernon Jubilee. Contrary to your article, on Labour Day several nurses – including our steward coordinator – attended the rally (some attended between working two night shifts), while others were inside working to provide care to patients and others were enjoying much needed holiday time with family. We were happy the rally was a community event and we had no desire to overshadow it with our own signs, etc.

The BC Nurses’ Union supported the launch of the Purple Ribbon Campaign at Vernon Jubilee and has worked hard to keep it highly visible. Our members will continue to support the community in moving the campaign forward in whatever appropriate ways they can. Meanwhile we encourage residents to get on the phone or get on your computer and tell your MLA and the Health Minister to ensure “Safe Care Now!”

Christine Sorensen,

Chair, Thompson North Okanagan region,

BC Nurses’ Union