Where is the health care leadership?

Recent news stories have highlighted public concern over the issue of chemotherapy treatment in the territory.

Recent news stories have highlighted public concern over the issue of chemotherapy treatment in the territory. While the Yukon NDP Official Opposition agrees that the loss of a chemotherapy nurse and the impact this will have on the people undergoing treatment is unfortunate, the situation justifies a greater response.

First, our sympathies go out to the patients, their families and friends whose lives are being affected by this shortcoming in the health system. The additional stress of possibly having to travel out of the territory for essential treatment is a regrettable additional burden on people already facing daunting challenges.

Second, now is the time for real leadership on health care. Yukoners were fortunate to have years of dedicated and specialized service from an excellent community-based chemotherapy nurse. We believe there was ample time to plan for a continuity of chemotherapy service. This staffing shortage and its impact on patients could have been avoided with good planning.

The current narrow focus on physician and hospital-based acute care has come at the expense of proper planning for and delivery of the full continuum of integrated care that Yukoners need. This includes chemotherapy, dialysis, proper treatment for chronic conditions, mental health services, addictions treatment, and continuing and palliative care.

Delays in implementing regulations for nurse practitioners continue to prevent one piece of the solution for a sustainable health-care system that meets patients’ needs from being put into place. These highly-trained professionals can and will improve the delivery of the health care Yukoners need if given an appropriate role in the system. It’s high time to let them begin.

We believe Yukon’s political leadership needs to refocus its priorities on integrating and delivering the full continuum of patient-centred care. We look forward to the day that Yukon-based health providers work to the full scope of their training to deliver that care.

In the case of the loss of chemotherapy services, the system has let down these 20 patients. More than excuses and explanations, the situation demands a creative solution that delivers positive patient outcomes including the delivery of appropriate care here at home.

Jan Stick,

MLA for Riverdale South

Yukon NDP Official Opposition

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

President Joe Biden signs executive orders after speaking about the coronavirus, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris in the State Dinning Room of the White House on Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C. The administration announced plans Jan. 20 for a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a part of the refuge considered sacred by the Gwich’in. (Alex Brandon/AP)
U.S. President Joe Biden halts oil and gas lease sales in ANWR

“Its great to have an ally in the White House”


Wyatt’s World for Jan. 22, 2021

Children’s performer Claire Ness poses for a photo for the upcoming annual Pivot Festival. “Claire Ness Morning” will be a kid-friendly performance streamed on the morning of Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy Erik Pinkerton Photography)
Pivot Festival provides ‘delight and light’ to a pandemic January

The festival runs Jan. 20 to 30 with virtual and physically distant events

The Boulevard of Hope was launched by the Yukon T1D Support Network and will be lit up throughout January. It is aimed at raising awareness about Yukoners living with Type 1 diabetes. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Boulevard of Hope sheds light on Type 1 diabetes

Organizers hope to make it an annual event

City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. An updated council procedures bylaw was proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse procedures bylaw comes forward

New measures proposed for how council could deal with emergencies

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Most Read