A Surrey woman has been given a two-and-a-half year wait for an MRI following brain surgery.
“I burst out laughing when I saw the date – August 14, 2019,” says Linda McClure.
McClure says she has been suffering from headaches after undergoing surgery last year to take out the part of her brain that was causing epileptic seizures.
The procedure was done in Calgary and McClure says they can get her an MRI right away, but the cost of travel is mounting, as is her frustration about the lack of urgency in this province.
“The system there is unbelievable compared to here.”
She says her neurologist removed her place from the list because the wait was too long. He thought a spot could open up sooner in Calgary than in B.C.
“…the Minister has made excuse after excuse.”
McClure’s story has made an interesting talking point on the floor of the Legislature.
NDP MLA Judy Darcy says the government is at fault for the lack of adequate health care.
“We have raised several stories about British Columbians waiting too long for quality public health care. Frail seniors waiting for appropriate staffing levels, families needing primary care, patients waiting day after day after day in hospital hallways. And the Minister has made excuse after excuse.”
Health Minister Terry Lake says the Liberals are addressing the issue of not enough MRIs in B.C.
“She shouldn’t have to wait that long. That is why we are putting more MRIs across the province of British Columbia. We’re funding more MRIs.”
He says the province increased funding for MRIs in 2015 and noted its recent announcement of four additional MRI units.
With files from Kyle Benning