News

RDN won’t back cottage hospital idea

The Regional District of Nanaimo won’t be throwing its support behind a proposal for a so-called cottage hospital in Oceanside.

At Tuesday night’s committee of the whole meeting, chief administrative officer Carol Mason noted that in a presentation in February, Leanne Salter urged the board to appoint a director to her group’s steering committee and give it their support.

However, Mason said the RDN operates under regional hospital district legislation and she suggested it is not the RDN’s role to support a non-VIHA facility.

The proposal didn’t go down without a fight however, as Coombs-Hillers director Julian Fell strongly supported the idea.

“They were not asking for money,” he said.

“They were asking for moral support and continued monitoring while they attempt to bring the community on board,” he said. “The community definitely wants a hospital. That’s what I can detect. It doesn’t have to be a big one, but it has to be there. It’s just a commitment to stay in touch and support it and have a liaison position.”

However, when it came to a vote, directors voted to receive the request without action, with Fell and Deep Bay-Bowser director Bill Veenhof voting in opposition.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, August 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 31 edition online now. Browse the archives.