Annual vigil at hospital Feb. 20

Last week while watching Global news, I was shocked and dismayed to see that history was repeating itself.

Last week while watching Global news, I was shocked and dismayed to see that history was repeating itself.

Six years after the death of my parents by Interior Health Authority, here we are again.  Despite assurances by the Health minister that this would never happen another time, they were going to separate a Penticton couple who have been married for over sixty years, because according to IHA, they required different levels of care. So what?

We put a man on the moon over 40 years ago and have sent many missions to the space station etc. yet IHA cannot decide the right thing to do when handling seniors and their spouses. (Kiro Manor used to house senior couples requiring varying levels of care.)

When will common sense, compassion and respect, replace stupidity and rigid policies?  Getting old is not a crime; it is a fact of life.  Our seniors deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.

The recent fiasco over closing the Castlegar Hospital emergency without proper notification is another instance of the incompetence and arrogance of this organization.

The right hand really does not know what the left hand is doing.  The number of administrators in this organization is mind-boggling and the salaries they command are criminal. There is no shortage of health dollars in this province.

Health authorities and their huge administration staff are gobbling up the majority of those dollars. Alberta got rid of their health authorities after only a couple of years, when are we going to recognize them for what they are and get rid of them also?

The interior, and in particular the West Kootenay, had great health care before the arrival of IHA. The slash and burn policies of this organization have left us with fewer hospitals, and less residential and acute care beds, all this while administration grows unchecked and unjustified.

The people of Castlegar are asking that someone should be held accountable for leaving them without emergency services and rightly so. After my mother died, my dad was asked what he thought should happen as a result of my Mom’s death, and he said “Those in charge, should be discharged.”

At the very least, people should have been dismissed in both cases and in my mom’s case, a charge should be laid. Accountability is a must for any business or organization to thrive, or even survive. When that does not exist, people will think they can literally get away with murder.

We will be holding our annual vigil, on Monday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Trail hospital, to protest the death of my parents, loss of area services and the current treatment of seniors.

Your support would be welcome.

Jim Albo

Rossland