Rivette fuming after hospital department axed

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Coun. Andre Rivette

CORNWALL, Ontario - A fuming city councillor is demanding answers from the Cornwall Community Hospital about the closure of the histology department which will put eight people out of work, and create extended wait times for patients anticipating test results.

Andre Rivette said the move to shut down the department this July will create huge headaches.

"We were funding a fully operational hospital and now this things is being taken apart," he said, suggesting millions of dollars has been provided over the years by the city and residents. "This is very disturbing."

Last year Rivette pointed to the microbiology department was shuttered, resulting in waits for patients suffering from things like bladder infections and strep throat for test results.

Rivette suggested doctors are prescribing meds without test results, which can lead to the compromising of antibiotics over time.

This time it's the histology department. Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and can be completed to screen for cancer.

"These actions are driving (doctors) away," said Coun. Glen Grant. "We need to start holding some feet to the fire and get some answers on this."

City council is inviting hospital leadership to an upcoming meeting at city hall to explain the moves.

"We should have them come to us more regularly," said Coun. Bernadette Clement.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital

Geographic location: Ontario

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