WHITEHORSE - The Liberal government is refusing to provide wireless internet to patients and visitors at the community hospitals in Dawson City and Watson Lake.
When pressed on why they would not consider adding this service to hospitals outside of Whitehorse, the Minister of Health and Social Services claimed it could not be done because Wi-Fi was not considered in the design work of the buildings.
“The Minister has made the ridiculous suggestion that the design of the hospitals in Watson Lake and Dawson City is preventing the government from providing wireless internet to hospital patients in these communities,” said Patti McLeod, Official Opposition Health Critic. “There are thousands of buildings in this territory that were built before the internet and are able to accommodate the installation of Wi-Fi.
“If the Minister was serious about providing our communities with the same services as Whitehorse, she could act today,” said McLeod.
The Official Opposition has also taken issue with the Minister’s statement that connectivity is not a priority when it comes to patient-centred care, especially with the tight resources they have.
“When a patient is sick and laying in bed they appreciate being able to access the internet to connect with their friends and families,” added McLeod. “This is an easy thing we can do to improve the quality of stay for our patients.”