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REPORTING · 16th November 2010
Walter McFarlane
The Eighth Question was brought forward by Sharon Johnson. She asked each candidate where they saw the Hospital in 2-5 years.

Mary Murphy said they needed to involve themselves with communications from the hospital. They need to be up front with the hospital and not allow confidentiality to be an excuse when decisions are made which affect the community. She said they were short of beds in the hospital. “We need to maintain our services. Where do I see us in 5 years, if we don’t stand up and do something about it, we’re going to be a band aid station,” said Murphy. “And you’re going to end up traveling to Terrace for everything you need done medically.”

Corinne Scott expressed she was concerned with the health care services in Kitimat. She had attended a meeting of the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group and had been trying to become familiar with the issues. She stated it was difficult to be heard by Northern Health. She suggested lobbying the Provincial Government to create smaller, more manageable boundaries. She suggested expanding extended care.

Linda Campbell said the Northern Health meeting in Tamitik last November almost did not happen. She said she did not want a revolution; she wanted people to protest and petition to keep the services at the hospital. She stated no one can retire in Kitimat without a hospital.

Michelle deLisser stated the hospital is dealing with cutbacks and shortage of beds. She said if we do nothing, the hospital would be there with no one to run it. However, she stated Edwin was better suited to speak about the hospital.

Edwin Empinado said this is why he is running. He said he was out there 8 days a week, 36 hours a day and he sees the way the hospital is being run and it breaks his heart. “It is hard to see a community that is aging and a nurse in there does not have the resources because of the cuts,” said Empinado. Frustrated, Edwin found himself at a loss for words.

Debbie Rauhanen did not comment.