Cancer services aren't sufficient
To the Editor,
I am writing regarding the erosion of services at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s cancer clinic. Except for one day a week, our one oncologist has been moved to Victoria to join a team of 17 oncologists there.
Our one oncologist serves the population from Ladysmith north on the Island. More than one oncologist is required for the number of patients there are.
Why are the tax dollars collected from north Islanders being spent on the Victoria clinic? Many cancer patients from the upper Island are required to go to Victoria for treatment. As well, many requiring radiation are relying on volunteer drivers to drive them to Victoria on a daily or weekly basis. Radiation treatments should be available to north Islanders locally. The population on the Island continues to grow with many retirees moving here. More services are required now, and will be necessary in the future.
What is plan B for the north Island if an earthquake or blizzard makes the Malahat impassable?.
Let’s keep tax dollars paid by our residents to provide and improve services for patients at NRGH.