Northern Health looks at ground, not air or water transporta

  • Sep. 2, 2005 7:00 p.m.

When it comes to medical transportation, islanders need help with air travel, not ground transportation. But for now, Northern Health is moving forward with a call for proposals to provide ground transportation links between some mainland communities.
When a representative of the Health Connections program visited the islands in July, islanders were clear with the message that reasonable airline rates were a priority for those who travel for medical services from here.
The program hopes to offer travel services for patients who need to go outside of their home community for medical services, but the type of services needed on the islands are not the first priority of the program.
Northern Health communications director Mark Karjaluoto says options for air travel are still to come. “Ground transportation isn’t the be all and end all of the program,” he says.
The program manager Sean Hardiman will look for better travel options for those who have been medivaced to the city for treatment and have to pay for their own way home. Mr. Karjaluoto says they are also looking into deals on accommodation options for those in need.
Providing ground transportation options was a priority for the fall. Some of the routes Northern Health seeks proposals for include: Prince Rupert to/from Prince George, Terrace to/from Kitimat and Vancouver to/from Prince George.

Just Posted

Prince Rupert’s ferry issue is a North Coast issue, MLA Rice

Prince Rupert not alone in fight to save ferry to Ketchikan: Alaskan Rep. Ortiz

Brand new vessel for Massett Marine Rescue

The Tagwaal was unveiled to the public Sept. 6

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

Council Briefs: Village of Queen Charlotte

Child care and clean-ups on the agenda

Power restored to 120,000 customers after northern B.C. transmission failure

Lightning is suspected to be the cause of the outage, says BC Hydro

On the Wing: Small Yellow Flying Things

by Margo Hearne Distance doesn’t seem to deter migrating birds; they travel… Continue reading

‘This is where the movement is going to start’: Jessica Patrick remembered at memorial march

The march commemorates the one-year anniversary of the 18-year-old’s unsolved death

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Most Read