What a terrible blow to the people of Kamloops with the pending closure of the Summit Medical Clinic.
It was with great sadness that I recently said goodbye to those patients I got to know over the past three years while helping out on my yearly locums.
This is going to add another how many thousands of patients to the list of people waiting to be assigned to a family doctor?
I feel sorry for those waiting for two years to see a neurologist, for six months to a year to see a orthopaedic surgeon, for two years to see a dermatologist, for six months to see a cardiologist, for six to nine months to see an OB-GYN and for one year to have routine surgery, such as a hernia.
What are the authorities doing about this? I have asked the Kamloops mayor that question and all he has done is referred me to Interior Health, which has been grappling with this problem for years — and the situation is getting worse.
We need some answers and we need them fast.
Private clinics are growing larger by the day, all of which are flouting the Canada Health Act by doing away with the original concept of health care for all, with nobody allowed to jump the line.
David Smith, MD