Thursday May 6 – Penticton
Directors of the RDOS Hospital District still upset with Interior Health but have reversed themselves and will pay $1Million of the $2.5Million capital cost for a Primary Care Facility in Penticton on Martin Street.
Electoral E (Naramata) Director, Karla Kozakevich stated “We have issues with lack of transparency and openness. We want to be called much earlier on, before something is built.”
Electoral C (Oliver) Director Rick Knodel said “This is insane” referring to a funding request after the fact.
The motion to reverse the funding decision was tight at 55% of the eligible votes.
RE: IHA – Extraordinary Capital Request
ISSUE 1: COMMUNICATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
THAT the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District send a letter to the Minister of Health expressing their concern with the lack of transparency and openness with regard to the Urgent and Primary Care Centre developed at 437 Martin Street in Penticton.
At their meeting 15 April 2021, the Board of Directors expressed their concern with the lack of
transparency and openness with regard to the Urgent and Primary Care Centre developed at 437 Martin Street in Penticton; and the subsequent request for funding. Although the Board was first advised of the interest expressed through the Interior Health Authority (IHA) in writing back in December 2020, the information was so vague that the Board could not consider funding it. Subsequent discussion with IHA representatives in February 2021 was also frustrated due to their inability to speak freely. The opening of the facility and then the subsequent request for supplementary funding after the clinic was already constructed and opened was disappointing.
ISSUE 2: MOTION TO RECONSIDER
At their meeting of 15 April 2021 the Board of Directors adopted the following resolution:
THAT IHA be advised to apply to the Minister of Health to have Unit #101 – 437 Martin Street, Penticton designated as a “Hospital” under the Hospital Act; At the request of a Member, the 2nd part of the resolution was voted on separately and defeated:
THAT should #101 – 437 Martin Street be designated a hospital, that the request for $1,000,000 to assist with the funding of an Urgent & Primary Care Centre be approved, with funding to come from the Hospital Reserve.
S. 1.2, Schedule B, Bylaw 2789, 2021 being the Procedure Bylaw of the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District, authorizes the Chair to require the Board to reconsider and vote again on a matter that was the subject of a vote.
S. 1.3 of Schedule B provides that in exercising the power under subsection 1.2 above, the chair may return the matter for reconsideration at the same board meeting as the vote took place, or at the meeting of the board following the original vote.
MOVED BY CHAIR SENTES
THAT the Board of Directors reconsider the following motion defeated at the meeting of 15 April
THAT should #101 – 437 Martin Street be designated a hospital, that the request for $1,000,000 to
assist with the funding of an Urgent & Primary Care Centre be approved, with funding to come from the Hospital Reserve.
Should the motion to reconsider be adopted, the main motion automatically comes onto the floor
from the original mover/seconder for discussion and decision. Should the motion to reconsider
be defeated, it may not be brought back.