Merritt, B.C. mayor has strong words for province over rural ER closures |

On Tuesday, B.C. Premier David Eby said the province struggles to maintain staffing for some of those key health-care positions, especially in rural areas.

“There could be any kind of situation where we might have heat stroke or something and our hospital isn’t able to help with that at this point in time,” Goetz said.
He said he is sick of all the closures and even vowed to send the province an $84,000 bill for 19 days of ER interruptions, putting strain on the fire department last year.
“We paid full price for 365 days of coverage,” Goetz added. “And then when we don’t get it I would expect a credit the following year.”
“We are talking 40-50,000 people,” he said. “If somebody’s got a heart attack, you mean somebody’s telling me we can let them die here.”

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