WHITEHORSE – On October 18th the Yukon Hospital Corporation informed the Legislative Assembly that the cataract surgery waitlist now exceeded 3 years with 350 Yukoners waiting for surgery.
“On the topic of ophthalmology — wait times to see an ophthalmologist and receive cataract surgery have been growing rapidly and now exceeds three years. There are approximately 350 patients waiting for cataract surgery.” – Yukon Hospital Corporation, October 18, 2018
On October 23rd the Official Opposition asked the government to provide a plan to address this rapidly growing waitlist. Unfortunately the government was unable or unwilling to give a clear answer about what they are doing to reduce the waitlist.
On October 30th the Official Opposition once again asked the government to provide a plan. Once again they provided no firm commitments beyond vague talking points.
“The Minister has skated on vague talking points for the last 2 years but it’s time for her to start showing some urgency,” said Patti McLeod Official Opposition Critic for Health. “There are 350 Yukoners waiting for this critical surgery and its cold comfort for them to hear the Minister talk about efficiencies and avoid providing a plan. We have been raising this issue since the summer and Yukoners want to see action now.”
A recently leaked memo indicates that the Liberal Cabinet has asked all Departments, even Health and Social Services, to find cuts to their operations and maintenance budgets.