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Stand up, again, for our hospital

The Editor,

As they say, history repeats itself. So here we are again with talk of our Wakefield Memorial Hospital perhaps facing closure, and where there is smoke, there is usually fire, if one does not investigate and take action.

Parts of the following are extracted from my letter to the editor, “Wakefield Hospital fate non-negotiable,” (published in the April 29, 2015, edition of The Low Down) regarding our beloved hospital, which I believe warrant repeating:

A long time ago, a dedicated rural doctor with a dream built this original Wakefield Hospital. This feat was accomplished during trying times as in our present day challenges. Dr. Hans Geggie’s historical book should be required reading of those who would doubt or even consider its closure or change of mandate…

This 40-bed institution, which is served by a new generation of doctors and nurses, many from ‘away’, continues to serve not only the original and mostly anglophone population of the Gatineau Valley and its descendants, but also the francophone and other ethnic populations, which have joined our communities.

Yes, this rural population uses and appreciates the larger modern and well-equipped urban facilities when needed, but a very large percentage of urban dwellers also utilize and appreciate this little gem called the Wakefield Memorial Hospital. … How many heart patients are alive today because the hospital and its doctors were in closer proximity? How many beds in city hospitals have been freed-up thanks to our sma