Nanaimo oncologist transferred to Victoria most of the week

Dear editor,

Do North Island residents know VIHA has sent our one and only Nanaimo-based oncologist to Victoria for four of five work days?

Dear editor,

Are residents of the North Island aware that the Vancouver Island Health Authority has sent our one and only Nanaimo-based oncologist to Victoria for four of five work days?

We now have the oncologist at the Nanaimo cancer clinic on Fridays only.

I refer to the VIHA press release of Feb. 13, 2012 regarding improved services for the North Island chemotherapy patients.

Nanaimo had recruited a medical oncologist to join the two general practitioner oncology physicians. Is this the recruited oncologist that now spends four days a week in Victoria?

Is this oncologist really expected expected to carry Victoria patient caseloads as well as over-seeing the North Island patients? How does sending our oncologist to Victoria better serve the North Island patients and their needs?

I would like a response from VIHA and the BC Cancer Agency  concerning my issues. VIHA constituents north of Ladysmith will be interested as well.

Donna Newall,

Nanoose Bay