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Penticton doctors call for major hospital expansion

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Penticton Regional Hospital was built to handle a population of 10,000 people in the 1950's (Courtesy David Paisley)

Doctors in Penticton say the city's hospital is on the verge of major troubles because of overcrowding and outdated facilities.

A statement from the 120 doctors of the Penticton Medical Staff Society urges patients and the public to lobby the government for a 300-million-dollar expansion of the hospital. That includes a plan to build a tower that has been on the planning table for the last decade.

Doctor David Paisley, the society's president, says hospital improvements are going ahead in Vernon, Kamloops and Kelowna, but nothing's being done in Penticton.

Doctor Paisley explained to host Chris Walker what their concerns and issues are and Chris also spoke to Norm Embree who is the chair of the Interior Health Authority's Board of directors.

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Penticton Medical Staff Society will hold an information session on Wednesday, February    13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

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