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Argument no longer valid

Re.: Christine’s Pegg’s letter Mild inconvenience (Castanet, Jan 17)

The writer of this letter is justifying the current restrictions to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.

This argument was totally valid two years ago but not now.

Canada provincial's governments have had two years to invest massively in health care capacity. Nothing was done.

Other western nations are no better. In Europe, the health care system has lost capacity to comply with European Union directives. The OECD collects hospital bed statistics here.

Over the past 20 years, France alone has lost more than 80,000 beds and Canada has lost 20,000 beds. Meanwhile, China had already built hospitals on an industrial scale, at a fraction of the cost of all our support programs combined.

The current situation is a failure of technocratic, administratively plagued, Western governments that are unable to make decisions, not of gyms or bars.

Mathieu Nouquet, West Kelowna



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