An open letter to Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce
We wish to thank you for your interest and current involvement in discussions regarding our hospital’s deterioration. It is unfortunate however that the matter and all alternatives could not be pursued further with all parties being fully engaged, but evidently you must support your government’s directives and priorities regardless of the impact on our welfare. But isn’t there more you could try to do about overall conditions in our area?
We realize that you will not require our support to be re-elected, whenever your government decides it is beneficial to call an election, being a relatively small, somewhat remote corner of your constituency, and Huron does come first in your title; priorities probably follow.
We travel Huron roads every time we must visit
but the reconstruction ended some kilometres from Kincardine (at the junction of Highway 4 and 9). What has been done in the section remaining to Kincardine? Periodic patching including this year’s minor work currently underway. Why this haphazard attempt at repair is obvious – it keeps yearly budget costs down and looks efficient in print. However, the overall highway remains as bad as ever.
As a woman, you must be embarrassed every time you think of those young mothers travelling this road during pregnancy and especially during the rush to delivery. Of course, you couldn’t be expected to think of them if you haven’t travelled this particular highway which comes under your government’s sole jurisdiction.
And, in passing, regarding our reference to hospital deterioration: we are referring to the removal of services. As two 80-year-old “orphans” since the departure of Dr. Boron (probably you know why she left our community), we can only state that if the doctors and staff or our hospital were not as dedicated as they are in providing round the clock service every day of the year we would be a mess of insecurity, worry and yes, plain fear!
Have you ever visited our hospital at night or over the weekend? Better still, perhaps you could suggest to your minister of health to have the CEO or even the “head doctor” for the SBGHC spend a night or weekend on site.
Marion and Ralph McKay, Kincardine