Over the last few weeks my office has received hundreds of letters from residents of the East Shore of Kootenay Lake concerned about possible changes in services associated with the Home Health Nurse position. These services are an important component to the overall continuum of care for the area, and must stay in the area. My role as your MLA is to ensure that any proposed changes would not diminish the East Shore’s health services and my office took immediate action on this important issue.
I am pleased to report that my conversation of March 4, 2013 with the CEO of Interior Health Dr. Robert Halpenny has resulted in an assurance that Home Health Nurse services will not be diminished on the East Shore. Specifically, Dr. Halpenny assured me that 1) the proposed personnel changes would not lead to diminished health services on the East Shore, and 2) no one will be required to travel to Creston or Nelson for these services because they are home-based services. Thank you to all who brought this serious issue to my attention.