Tony Har­ris says the city’s health care ser­vices Must IM­PROVE to MEET GROW­ING DE­MANDS

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Nanaimo: Tony Har­ris is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment on Nanaimo’s need for in­creased health ser­vices in the re­gion: “Since I launched my cam­paign in Novem­ber, I’ve talked a lot about lo­cal health care and have es­pe­cially been ad­vo­cat­ing for fully in­te­grated can­cer care at our hos­pi­tal, so pa­tients don’t have to travel over the Mala­hat for ra­di­a­tion treat­ment.

We also need ex­panded car­diac care ca­pac­ity, so heart at­tack pa­tients can be treated here in­stead of be­ing trans­ported by air or ground to Van­cou­ver or Vic­to­ria. My pas­sion for health care comes from years of in­volve­ment in our lo­cal hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion, help­ing to raise funds for much-needed equip­ment and ser­vices. It’s great to see the prov­ince an­nounce fund­ing for a new In­ten­sive Care Unit which is a re­sult of the tire­less ad­vo­cacy ef­fort of our com­mu­nity, but it shouldn’t take a by-elec­tion for Nanaimo to get the at­ten­tion we de­serve – we should mat­ter all the time. There’s a lot more work to be done so Nanaimo res­i­dents have the health care they de­serve. We need to think big as a com­mu­nity. As Nanaimo grows, we should be work­ing to­wards a full ter­tiary hos­pi­tal serv­ing the whole Mid and North Is­land. This would not only im­prove the health and well-be­ing of our res­i­dents but also bring in­creased eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the re­gion as well. Im­proved health care ser­vices in our city is one of the top rea­sons I’m run­ning and ask­ing vot­ers for a chance to serve – hire me and I’ll work my tail off. As vot­ers in Nanaimo, you have a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity right here in front of you to send a new voice to Vic­to­ria for the bet­ter this by-elec­tion.

I want to as­sure ev­ery­one in Nanaimo that I will be an MLA for each and every one of you, and I’m ask­ing for your sup­port.”

Tony Har­ris

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