Not enough money to replace Port nurse: Northern Health

  • Dec. 2, 2010 3:00 p.m.

Port Clements residents have been temporarily left without a nurse at their community clinic because of tight budgets at Northern Health. Pat Moores, site manager for the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre, said the clinic nurse has been away on leave for about a month, and it’s not possible to replace her with another nurse because there’s not enough money. “All of the staffing associated with that position was put into that position to have it for three days a week,” he said. “So all the time that would be normally budgeted for sick and relief is all used up… Every cent that could be possibly used was used there.” The nurse is usually available for Port residents to see at the clinic, and she also makes some home visits. With the nurse away, Mr. Moores said Port residents can travel to Masset if they need to see a nurse. They can also still see the physicians who visit the Port clinic almost every Tuesday, he said. Northern Health, like other health authorities in BC, has had to reduce its budget. Mr. Moores said the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital, which runs the Port clinic and other health services for northern Graham Island, had to cut spending on staff and supplies by 1.5 percent this year, compared to last year.