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When health care and social assistance is a city’s leading “industry” something is very wrong

It’s great that the minister of health was sent a copy of the City of Penticton’s November newsletter regarding the Penticton hospital expansion, but if she read the October newsletter she may have reason to pause.

The October newsletter reads in part, “Penticton often thinks of itself as a “tourism town,” but … the top three industries offering employment in Penticton are health care and social assistance (12.5 per cent), manufacturing (10.4 per cent) and construction (nine per cent). Hospitality sector business like food service and drinking establishment are fourth on the list with 7.6 per cent.”

I’m all for health care and providing for the disadvantaged, but when health care and social assistance is a city’s leading “industry” something is very wrong. Perhaps the minister of tourism could be sent a copy of the October newsletter.

Scott Robinson

 

Penticton