Premier David Eby and Minister of Health Adrian Dix were in Naniamo Friday to rubber-stamp the concept plan of a new cancer centre.
It’s part of a larger facility upgrade at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, which includes expanding their existing oncology clinic. The goal is to increase patient volumes and upgrade care.
The Premier says the centre will be a support to all those struggling with cancer, north of the Malahat.
“We must ensure people in B.C. can get access to the care they need when they need it,” says Eby. “That is why Nanaimo will soon be home to a new cancer care centre. This will bring the latest life-saving technology closer to the people of Nanaimo, as well as residents of the central and north Island.”
Nanaimo Regional Hospital District Chair Ian Thorpe says it should help shorten waitlists for those with cancer.
“A cancer centre in our region is desperately needed to shorten wait lists, reduce travel to other regions for treatment and provide patients with more cancer-care options closer to home,” says Thorpe. “The Province’s commitment to a new cancer centre in Nanaimo provides hope for better health outcomes to the roughly 3,500 residents north of the Malahat who are diagnosed with cancer annually.”
So the concept of a new cancer centre has been approved. Next is the business plan, which will set a timeline and budget for the project. That plan is expected to be approved this fall.