IHA meeting in Grand Forks still on track for May date

A meeting between Interior Health Authority (IHA) and residents in Grand Forks appears to be on track for a May 23 date.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) executives will be coming to Grand Forks on May 23 after much delay due to weather concerns.

“All I know is that they’re going to be in Grand Forks on May 23,” explained former councillor and chair of the local Concerned Citizens for Community Health Care group Christine Thompson.

“I did send an email to Jamie Raymond, who is an assistant to Dr. Robert Halpenny and he said they haven’t set the agenda yet.”

According to an email from Karl Hardt, the communications officer for IHA, “The CEO (Halpenny) and Board Chair (Norman Embree) are still planning to visit Grand Forks on May 23.”

Thompson stated that there are several questions about the operational decisions in financing that the community would like to ask.

“I’m not sure what time they’ll be here to meet with us, because they are also here to meet with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Health Board,” she added. “Our concerns relate to the operational spending and decision making.”

During the meeting, Thompson hopes there will be a question and answer period that will be open to everybody.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has booked the Senior Hall at City Park from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on May 23.