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LETTER: Centralization is hurting Summerland

Loss of lab will affect community

Dear Editor:

So now Summerland has lost its laboratory services and nobody seems to know if it’s permanent or not.

My guess is that it’s gone for good. Will X-ray go next?

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Summerland has lost its hospital, its walk-in clinic, its intermediate care facility and now the lab. In addition to the inconvenience, it’s anyone’s guess how many extra individual vehicles are contributing to our climate change woes just due to this latest closure. Perhaps 175 return trips per week just for a urinalysis or blood work.

It’s not hard to see what centralization is doing to the air that we breathe let alone to this community. Perhaps with all the paring down of services, a layer of administration could be eliminated in favour of more boots-on-the-ground healthcare workers.

Somebody, please tell us that the lab closure is temporary.

Susanne Cooper

Summerland

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