Centralizing services

Without the courage and determination of people like Dr. Tabarsi we would have lost our full service hospital

Thank you for publishing the interview with the head of pathology at the Campbell River hospital.

Without the courage and determination of people like Dr. Tabarsi we would have lost our full service hospital in the push by the Vancouver Island Health Authority to centralize medical services away from Campbell River.

It now appears VIHA is unrelenting in its efforts to centralize.  By reducing staffing in the histology department at our hospital it appears that they have made it almost impossible for those who remain to do their jobs.  From reading the article I felt there is a real risk that we may lose our pathologist.  Specialists in this field are in great demand and are highly sought after, no one would take on this position with the difficulties involved.

I can’t help but suspect that this would play into the hands of VIHA by leading to Pathology services being centralized to Victoria.

We cannot allow that to happen.  We need this vital service to remain here in order to maintain at least a minimum level of care for the people of the North Island.

Our politicians have to step up and demand VIHA restore staffing levels to at least what they were five years ago.

Norm Babin