Kelowna-Mission Legislator Renee Merrifield
Update at 6 pm
BC Cancer says the staffing crisis in Kelowna’s oncology department is similar to that of health care providers across Canada.
In a statement to Castanet, the agency that manages cancer treatment in B.C., discussions about adapting to the staffing shortage are “happening at all levels.”
He said the leaked memo to Castanet, which painted a grim picture of the situation at the BC Cancer Center in Kelowna, is part of the agency’s “ongoing and active dialogue” with agency partners “on short- and long-term solutions.” has been Impact on patient care. ,
“Recruitment is currently underway for new oncology positions funded by the Ministry of Health and the province continues to invest in cancer care in BC,” the statement continued.
“This investment helps strengthen our BC cancer care team in Kelowna and throughout the province, adding the capacity needed now, and preparing for the future. In a challenging recruiting environment, recruitment is now underway for all roles.”
The agency said providing the best possible patient care for BC cancer is a top priority.
Original 4:40 PM
BC Cancer apparently remains calm, despite multiple requests for comment on the critical staffing shortage at the agency’s regional cancer care center in Kelowna.
A leaked memo obtained by Castanet earlier this week said the oncology department at Kelowna General Hospital is running at 55 percent of its intended staff.
It further states that the situation is not expected to improve until at least the fall, resulting in “record” waiting times for patients.
While BC Cancer is silent, Kelowna-Mission legislator Renee Merrifield is not.
The former BC Liberal health critic describes the situation within the oncology department as dire, and suggests that it is time for the government to take notice and act.
Merrifield says the NDP government is dragging its feet over funding a provincewide cancer scheme.
Merrifield said in a statement, “This 10-year plan has been in the works for five years… despite repeated requests from her and colleagues to look at the plan, the health minister claims she is still working on it.” working.”
“Now, we are here learning the truth about how dire the situation has become for BC cancer in Kelowna. I greatly support and appreciate the doctors, nurses, and other staff as they put their department above water. Have fought and fought. Get your own PPE amid the pandemic.”
Merifield says that time is of the essence when it comes to cancer treatment, and to address the crisis within the oncology department.
“What will it take for Premiere to act?”