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BC United MLAs join Merritt nurses in call for action

MERRITT (April 17, 2024) – Today, BC United MLA for Fraser-Nicola, Jackie Tegart, was joined by the BC United Shadow Minister for Health, Shirley Bond, and Shadow Minister for Finance, Peter Milobar, at the B.C. Nurses Union’s rally calling for a staff contingency plan and safer working conditions at Merritt’s Nicola Valley Hospital.

“For too long, the cries for help from nurses and the Merritt community have been met with inaction by the NDP, leading to an escalating health care crisis,” said Tegart. “With the emergency room shut down 20 times last year and twice already this year, it is imperative that David Eby acts now to stem this crisis and restore reliable medical services in the community.”

In 2023, the Merritt emergency department closed a total of 20 times, forcing patients to drive long distances to access urgent care.

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