On Jan. 24th, QHC made a presentation to the mayor and councillors in a packed Shire Hall. Mayor Peter Mertens and all the councillors were on the same page as they objected very strongly to QHC’s proposals to cut services at PECMH.
There were also deputations by some citizens who shared the same sentiments as council.
President of the Family Health Team, Dr. Elizabeth Christie, also gave an excellent deputation. She stated that we must focus on the positive. She added that PECMH is a highly-efficient and effective hospital. It has a great opportunity to build on initiatives begun by the Prince Edward Family Health Team, staff of PECMH and Prince Edward County doctors. Even though she was speaking on behalf of the medical community, she knows only too well how important our local hospital is to all the residents of the County. Dr Christie was raised in the County and her family has used PECMH including the original hospital located on Hill Street for more than 80 years.
When Mary Clare Egberts spoke to Trenton Council on Jan. 22nd, they too vowed to fight the proposed cuts. Mayor John Williams stated that they had “drawn a line in the sand”.
Local Quinte West MPP Rob Milligan said that he was disappointed with the SELHIN as he was not getting any cooperation with regard to numbers. In the media last week, Trenton Memorial Foundation said they were considering donating their funds to other areas rather than Trenton Memorial Hospital if the service cuts took place. It is hoped that the boards of the PECMH Foundation and Auxiliary will also make statements regarding the proposed cuts at PECMH.
Mary Clare Egberts and her senior staff are only the messengers of this fiasco. Make no mistake, these proposals are Ministry of Health and SELHIN”s driven. This is why it is very important that you direct your comments and objections to the SELHIN.
To show how dire the situation is at both PECMH and Trenton Memorial Hospital, I can only echo Dr. John Bonn’s words. Dr Bonn is a doctor who has worked at Trenton emergency room for more than 40 years. He described the proposed changes as “startling”. I think that most Trenton Memorial and PECMH stakeholders would agree with that description.
Fran Renoy, Picton
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