9 Questions to the Candidates by SOHC

This past week Save Our Hospital Coalition conducted interviews with the two candidates for mayor, Rosemary Doughty and Frank Armitage, and the two candidates for councillor, Doug Pateman and Rob Rubis. Each candidate was asked nine questions regarding health care issues in our community. Here are the results of those interviews.

Question 1: If you become mayor/councillor, where would you place the health care issue on your list of priorities for Princeton?

Rosemary Doughty (RD): Health care would be my first priority. When I go door to door it is the only thing that people talk about. Whatever the community wants is what I would stand for.
My model of a good mayor is Walter Despot who worked hard for Keremeos’ healthcare. I would be involved in the issues. When I went to the ER closure demonstrations, I did not see the Mayor or Council there. I would like to see Council start a monthly open information session where they share with Princeton residents what they are doing and planning to do. If I become mayor, I would like to give more information and share more information. Leadership and being pro-active are part of my platform. Continue reading

Office open for business

The Save Our Hospital movement now has a place to call home.  Thanks to the generosity of Councillor Kim Maynard and assistance from Save Our Similkameen (SOS),the Community Hospital Forum building is open for business.  The building located at 259 Vermilion Ave. is a gathering place for not only the Save Our Hospital Coalition, SOHC but any concerned citizen who would like to assist in the struggle to have 24/7 Emergency Room services restored to the Princeton General Hospital.

The office will be open Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 6pm.

SOHC is looking for volunteers to staff the office on an ongoing basis anyone who wishes to assist even for a few hours a week are asked to please come into the office and sign up.

We’re A Hole, So No Hospital?


April 24, 2012 Dawn Johnson’s ‘Current Comment
Similkameen News Leader
Copyright 2012 Bengel Publishing Inc.
Used with Permission

Princeton’s lack of emergency services has been in the news recently, with the result that I learned there is more to the story out there than broadcasted.

A friend of mine contacted me by telephone to relate her experience with an Interior Health Authority (IHA) employee. She was so upset by her conversation with this employee that she felt I should hear about it.

She spoke casually to the IHA employee about the plight of people in Princeton and their lack of physicians. She told me this was the reply: “Well, if people choose to live in a little hole like Princeton where doctors don’t want to go…They should move to the city.”

My friend, who lived here for years when we had a real hospital and a full complement of physicians, gave the IHA employee a blast about how it was the policy of IHA to reduce the Princeton hospital to the point where physicians cannot truly be physicians. She told him of the removal of surgical facilities and maternity facilities, and she admitted she became much more angry because of his attitude. She reminded him that people who lived in Princeton had their hospital gutted by IHA. Continue reading

Doctor shortage closes small-town ER on Labour Day | CTV British Columbia

By: ctvbc.ca
Date: Monday Sep. 5, 2011 6:24 PM PT
Doctor shortage closes small-town ER on Labour Day | CTV British Columbia.

The people of Princeton, B.C. are seeing the consequences of a province-wide rural doctor shortage after their emergency room had to be closed because nobody was available to staff it. …more

Questions raised after baby delivered in SUV – CBC

Last Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Questions raised after baby delivered in SUV

A Princeton woman gave birth to her son in the back seat of the family’s SUV on the side of the road on Wednesday after being sent away from the Princeton hospital. …more

Baby born in SUV after B.C. hospital redirects mom – CBC

Last Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Baby born in SUV after B.C. hospital redirects mom

A woman in British Columbia who gave birth in a coffee shop parking lot early Wednesday morning wants answers from local hospital officials who told her to go to a larger regional facility.

Jessica Obey of Princeton gave birth to her son in her family’s SUV while the child’s father got emergency instructions for delivering a baby over the phone. …more