After 12 years of living in the Williams Lake area we needed and used the health-care services in the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.
Two contrasting experiences urge me to write. All the credits to the physicians, nurses, personnel in the laboratory and ambulatory care — they were outstanding, dedicated, pleasant, attentive, and hard-working. The cleanliness was high and the meals were tasty as in a mid-level local restaurant.
The contrasting is our disappointment in the politicians and governments who disregarded the forecasted demographic shift and allowed the B.C. health system to deteriorate to the point of overworked staff, long wait times in emergency, chronic lack of beds, and in general the lack of doctors and specialists in the region.
It is hard to accept this situation.
One must wonder what improvements in the regional health system could have been achieved, for example, by a fragment of the Afghanistan expenditures.
And how one can help in speeding up the planned expansion of the CMH.