We need a piece of the pie

Chris Clegg
for South Peace News

We should not begrudge our friends at the other end of the lake [Slave Lake] for lobbying to secure better health services.

Whether you live in Slave Lake, High Prairie, McLennan, Donnelly, Falher or Peace River, it is up to local politicians to lobby the best they can for services.

It is why news from Slave Lake two weeks ago should send warning bells to High Prairie.

As reported in the Slave Lake Lakeside Leader June 30, a group wants to bring chemotherapy treatment to Slave Lake. Chemo treatment was once available at the hospital in Slave Lake and a recently-organized group wants to make it happen again. Called the ‘Chemo For Slave Lake’ project, it launched recently on social media, inviting people to rally to the cause.

Its vision should be of immense concern to High Prairie: “To establish a cancer community centre in Slave Lake to serve as a hub for local and neighbouring patients to receive chemotherapy treatment close to home.”

The problem is, the High Prairie region lobbied successfully to the Alberta government to allow space in the newly-constructed High Prairie Health Complex for chemo treatment. To date, no plans for chemo treatment have been announced.

Now, we have a very real competitor, and whether we like or not, Slave Lake is a competitor. A very worthy adversary.

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