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CANADA: B.C. Nurses Oppose Sex Infection Clinic Cuts


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.


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