As a longtime resident of the Comox Valley I know how important it is for our community to have hospice beds.
I continue to be perplexed and frustrated that we do not have comparable and adequate services in our community. Personally, I have seen far too many friends die in ward beds at the hospital or at home where their families struggled to care for them at the expense of their own health.
Recently when down Island I heard about the wonderful new food program for hospital patients in Victoria. When I explored this, I found that the additional yearly cost to the Vancouver Island Health Authority budget was just under $800,000.
Now, I’m all for good food for people. However, it seems like care for people who are dying and their families should take precedence.
One has to wonder when our health authority is going to make this care a priority for those of us in communities like the Comox Valley. We continue to hear campaign promises that seem all too hollow after the election as mentioned in your article.
It’s long past time for the Comox Valley to have the services we all need and deserve when we or our loved ones are approaching death and dying.