Sooke’s mayor continued push for improved medical services in Sooke is starting to turn heads. At the April 26 CRD’s Hospitals and Housing Committee meeting, Sooke was on the Agenda. Sooke Mayor Maja Tait made a motion seeking support for a Pilot Project: A Regional Health Care Facility in Sooke.
The Committee supported her motion, with further deliberation coming on May 10.
The complete motion was as follows:
WHEREAS, about $12 billion has been spent on health sector capital projects in British Columbia since 2001;
AND WHEREAS, over the next three years, British Columbians will benefit from investments in new medical equipment and modernized health facilities as part of an approximately $2.7billion health sector capital plan;
AND WHEREAS the Union of British Columbia Municipalities has previously endorsed that the current models of healthcare delivery in the province of BC do not provide equitable local access to health care for residents in rural and small communities and that the health needs of small and rural communities are no less important than those of the larger population centres;
WHEREAS the District of Sooke Official Community Plan indicates that health and quality of life are crucial for the well-being of its residents, and support the development of a medical and health related facility; and improvements to the health services infrastructure;
AND WHEREAS Sooke is invested in continuing to provide premium health care facilities to its residents, as evident through past successes, including the West Coast Family Medical Clinic; Ayre Manor Residential and Assisted Living Care facility; and the Sooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre;
AND WHEREAS the District of Sooke population has increased 49% since 2001 and growth is expected to continue due to Sooke’s affordability;
AND WHEREAS the Capital Regional Hospital District Board is the governing body fiscally responsible for the region’s health care facilities and hospital equipment to which the District of Sooke contributes;
AND WHEREAS BC Health has indicated a priority to focus improve patient-centred care, including providing timely access to quality diagnostics;
AND WHEREAS quality medical diagnostics services are located outside of the District of Sooke and often require its residents to travel long distances to receive these services;
AND WHEREAS Island Health has announced the relocation of certain health care services, including diagnostic services, further away from the District of Sooke to the Royal Jubilee Hospital;
NOW THEREFORE, the District of Sooke and the Sooke Region Primary Health Care Services Working Group calls on the Capital Regional District, the Province of British Columbia, Island Health, and all levels of government to support a pilot program for a regional health care facility in Sooke.