Health Minister says ultrasonographer shortage is provincial issue

By Jill Sperling
June 26, 2016 - 9:35am

KAMLOOPS — B.C.'s health minister says ensuring there are enough ultrasound technicians in the province is a priority. 

Terry Lake says while he's not aware of a shortage specifically in Kamloops, he is aware that it is a province-wide issue. 

Lake says the ministry is working with BCIT, which has a diagnostic medical sonography program, to address the shortage. 

"You have to have the program, which we have at BCIT," Lake said, "and then you have to have the clinical training available. That means working cooperatively with hospitals like Royal Inland and diagnostic imaging centres to make sure people get the hands-on training."

Meantime, Lake says the shortage of technicians will likely mean people will have to travel to other communities to get an ultrasound in a timely fashion. 

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