Inpatient beds needed
It was heartening for nurses at Penticton Regional Hospital to see the public show of support for the patient care tower plans. This will lead to greatly improved outpatient services at the hospital. There is, however, one element missing from the plan that needs to be corrected before provincial government funding is secured.
The current plan has no provision to deal with the hospital’s chronic overcapacity issues. More inpatient beds are desperately needed with the additional staffing resources. For too long now the staff have had to care for patients in an overflow unit, hallway beds and old patient lounges. Our patients and their families deserve better.
We want to provide safe quality patient care to the citizens of the South Okanagan in a physical environment designed for this century not the last.
New and improved facilities are desperately needed but must include additional inpatient beds.
Kevin Barry, lobbyist
B.C. Nurses Union