In a recent article in the Kamloops Daily News, Mayor Milobar was quoted as saying, “If you look at RIH, the No. 1 complaint is parking. Not only is it a problem, it’s a significant access problem.”
This makes me flash back to the early 2000s in which the people of Kamloops could have solved this problem and had a hospital plan in place but we chose to shelve that idea in order to save the trees in front of RIH.
I have to question how many of those who rallied to save the trees now complain about RIH parking? I also wonder if that little girl who made the national news thinks of the state of RIH today, but I doubt she cares as she has long since moved to the coast. Hindsight truly is 20/20.
The RIH master plan needs to be fought for by all citizens of Kamloops. While we most likely won't have a medical school here as you can't have one in every city in the province (Prince George has one due to its geography and Kelowna due to its affiliation with RIH).
Improving all sectors of service to RIH (and possibly turning the hospital into the Interior’s trauma centre) will help to attract more skilled doctors, nurses and support staff to RIH and to Kamloops.
If the people of Vernon can fight for their improvements to Jubilee Hospital, surely the people of Kamloops can send an equal message to IHA.