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MLA calls out conditions at Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson shared images of local man in terrible conditions

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson raised concerns in the BC Legislature during Question Period this week about the treatment of patients at Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH).

On March 12, Doerkson spoke of the late Lee Butler, calling his treatment at CMH a “horror story of deplorable neglect and deplorable conditions.”

He said Butler’s daughter Sheila Butler sent him photos of her father with his feet hanging over the rails of the bed “to avoid laying in his own filth and soiled sheets.”

Not laying the blame on the staff, whom Doerkson said are overwhelmed, he instead blamed the premier’s office asking the premier to take responsibility for the “indignity” faced by Butler and “countless others.”

Minister of Health Hon. Adrian Dix said the province is seeing significant progress in the recruitment of family doctors.

“You’ve seen the investments in the last few weeks with respect to rural retention bonuses in communities such as Williams Lake and others, and we’re going to continue to take those steps,” said Dix.

He said the province will continue to support the outstanding health care professionals in Williams Lake.

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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