Mungall asks Minister to keep Kaslo ER open 24/7

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Nelson – MLA Michelle Mungall is very concerned about access to health care for the residents of North Kootenay Lake because of a decision made by Interior Health to limit Emergency Room hours in Kaslo at Victorian Community Health Centre.  Mungall has written the Minister of Health to urge her to work with Interior Health to ensure the people of Kaslo and its surrounding area have access to the emergency health care they need.

“The communities of North Kootenay Lake have endured a lot of hardships recently” says Mungall.  “Losing 24 hour emergency room service in Kaslo is not acceptable.”

The IHA has said that the government has mandated that only 96% of British Columbians need to have access to emergency services within a one hour time frame around the clock.  Reducing services in Kaslo to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays does not meet that standard for communities like Meadow Creek and Johnsons Landing.

Speaking to the statistics Mungall states, “Ninety-six percent sounds like an acceptable number until you are part of the 4%.  A 24/7 emergency room in Kaslo is essential for the health of the people and communities of North Kootenay Lake.”

Mungall would like to see the Minister step in to delay the decision to reduce services until all alternatives are reviewed.