Nelson – Local MLA Michelle Mungall had a heated exchange with Health Minister Terry Lake over privatization of laundry services across interior hospitals in question period on Monday. Mungall took issue with the 17 family supporting jobs that would be lost at Kootenay Lake Hospital and the Minister down playing the importance of cleaning and caring for hospital facilities.
“We have tremendous local people maintaining and cleaning our hospitals” said Mungall. “The Minister suggests that having clean garments and sheets is not part of healthcare, he is pushing to have those services privatized and to bleed more family supporting jobs from interior communities.”
The Interior Health Authority has announced that they intend to move laundry services out of hospitals in Nelson, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon which could result in up to 175 layoffs.
“Last month this Government released a budget that raised MSP premiums another 4%”, said Mungall, “This month we could lose 17 family supporting jobs from Kootenay Lake Hospital, but be stuck with the shipping costs to haul our laundry elsewhere. This is just another example of how British Columbians are paying more and getting less from Christy Clark’s Liberals.”