Rally behind hospital now

Virtually everyone in the North Okanagan has a connection to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

We’ve been born there or had children born there. We’ve gone through surgeries and seen specialists. We have visited family and friends. It’s occasionally been a place where we have said one final goodbye to a loved one. VJH has been there when we need it.

And that’s why it is time for all of us to return the favour and get directly involved in lobbying government for increased funding.

Without additional acute care beds, patients will continue to be placed in hallways and other inadequate settings and surgeries will be cancelled.

The Interior Health Authority insists that more beds aren’t the complete answer and there also needs to be a focus on residential care, and while that is true, the North Okanagan’s population will continue to grow and age and place pressure on the health care system. The 60 beds that can be developed in the top two floors of the tower are required.

But for change to happen, the provincial government needs to know that the status quo is unacceptable.

Write MLAs Eric Foster and George Abbott, Health Minister Mike De Jong and Premier Christy Clark and highlight your personal experiences with overcrowding at VJH. You can also go online to www.petitiononlinecanada.com/petition/vjh-purple-ribbon-campaign-petition/136.

VJH is a common bond for all residents and we depend on it for our health and the health of our loved ones. But without our support, the ability to meet those needs is increasingly challenging.

– Vernon Morning Star