PENTICTON, B.C. - More than 700 frustrated South Okanagan residents crowded into a meeting in Penticton, B.C., on Wednesday night to demand upgrades to aging and outdated Penticton Regional Hospital.
Janice Perrino, Executive Director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, says support for the work demonstrates the outrage in the community.
She says Penticton deserves the same hospital upgrades as those recently completed in Vernon and Kelowna, and she vows protests will continue until funding is committed.
Penticton Regional Hospital serves a population that has grown more than ten times since the facility opened 62 years ago.
The 120 members of the Penticton Medical Society say a new patient tower must be constructed to ease overcrowding and get patients in and out of hospital more quickly.
Society members have already said the need for improvements is desperate. (CKFR, CKOR)
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization_payments_in_Canada#Regional_fiscal_disparities_in_Canada" target="_hplink">Here's how much money each province will receive in equalization payments during the 2013-2014 year.</a> Source: <a href="http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/eqp-eng.asp">Department of Finance</a>. (Alamy)
P.E.I. - $340 Million
Per capita: $2,350 (MICHEL VIATTEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Nova Scotia - $1.458 Billion
Per capita: $1,342 (Tim BREAKMEIE/AFP/Getty Images)
New Brunswick - $1.513 Billion
Per capita: $1,985 (Luke Pinneo/Getty Images)
Manitoba - $1.792 Billion
Per capita: $1,353 (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jezz/">Flickr: Jezz's Photostream</a>
Ontario - $3.169 Billion
Per capita: $246 (GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Quebec - $7.833 Billion
Per capita: $934 (Alamy)
Newfoundland And Labrador - No Payments
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B.C. - No Payments
Alberta - No Payments
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Saskatchewan - No Payments
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