How would anyone think that it was OK to have no emergency hospital coverage in Ashcroft on rodeo weekend? Rodeo, by definition, involves some high-risk activities that can result in serious injury.
Our town grew considerably in population for the weekend. It always does, particularly this year as we celebrated our rodeo’s 50th anniversary.
More than 340 rodeo entries and sell-out crowds Saturday and Sunday meant hundreds of additional residents, not to mention the crowds and participants at the Eagleplex Raceway and the increasing tourist traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway and always present truck traffic.
Emergency room hours in Ashcroft have been steadily decreasing. Now we are told that emergency hours of operation will no longer be posted in the local newspaper. Why?
Does Interior Health hope we won’t notice this decrease? Our community played host to probably the largest event in our year and we could not provide emergency medical services. It simply is not good enough.
It seems that when residents are not making noise and demanding better services, we see this kind of slippage. We all need to demand better.
As our hospital provides less and less service, we are endangering the well-being of more than our physical health. We are endangering the very survival of our community.