Canadian Press (12.17.11) - Monday, December 19, 2011
Five clinics that test for and treat STDs in the British
Columbia Interior are set to close at the end of the month -
an action that some nurses are warning will hurt the poor.
Debra McPherson, president of the B.C. nurses union, noted
that the decision comes as sex infections are rising in the
province, so the cuts will likely raise costs elsewhere in the
health system. The nurses fear that those with untreated STDs
will spread them to others, while women who used the clinics
for Pap tests and pelvic exams may go without care. The five
offices set to close are located in Kamloops, Kelowna,
Penticton, Grand Forks, and Cranbrook; their former patients
will be able to request the services from family doctors and
other walk-in clinics.