Letter: Finger example of failing policies

Dear Editor,

That a nine-month-old baby had to wait four and a half hours to see a doctor at Langley Memorial hospital last week [Family questions wait at Langley hospital, July 18, www.langleyadvance.com] is upsetting. 

We have a major problem here in Langley. The inadequate primary health care services to support the growing population in this community just cannot continue as is. We either need to stop increasing population or increase services. 

This is an emergency situation. It affects quality of life in our community. 

The excuse of getting the population before services does not cut it. We have the population, but we can’t get the services from the provincial government.

The provincial government wants our community to foster and support residential growth and the construction industry to help keep the provincial economy moving. But you just can’t bring thousands of new people to communities each year and dump them there without adequate basic human care and services, especially in health care and education. 

How does what is happening in Langley support the “Families First” agenda of Premier Christy Clark and Langley Ministers Rich Coleman, Mary Polak, and Peter Fassbender? They are letting our families down in key community infrastructure areas. When are they going to fix this for us?

A nine-month-old child should never have to wait four and a half hours to see a doctor, especially with a severed finger in a baggie.

Kim Richter, Langley

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