Official Opposition Raises Issues with Patient and Visitor Access to Internet in Rural Hospitals

WHITEHORSE – Yesterday in Question Period, and with a Motion tabled in the House today, MLA Patti McLeod raised concerns from constituents regarding wireless internet access in rural hospitals for patients and visitors.

Currently, patients and visitors are able to access free Wi-Fi during their stay at Whitehorse General Hospital, but this service is not offered at the community hospitals in Dawson City and Watson Lake.

“No one wants to have to spend time in a hospital, but providing this service to patients and visitors will improve the overall experience for those required to spend time there, and allow them to adequately communicate with their family and friends back home.” stated McLeod. “This is a simple and easy issue that the government can take action on today to improve the stay of those in our hospitals.” 

In her questions to the government, MLA McLeod highlighted that the service in Whitehorse is made possible by a partnership between the Yukon Hospital Foundation and Northwestel, with the assistance of the government’s Community Development Fund. She asked whether the government would commit to explore similar opportunities for partnership.

“Again, providing Wi-Fi to patients and visitors at community hospitals would be beneficial to our communities and merits consideration by this government. We’d like to see the government commit to seeking out partnerships with the private sector, as well as finding an appropriate funding mechanism such as the Community Development Fund to support this much needed service in our hospitals.” McLeod added.


Madison Pearson
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