ROTHENBURGER – Kamloops has to up its lobbying game on the cancer clinic

Health Minister Adrian Dix.

A FULL-SERVICE CANCER CLINIC is in the works for Kamloops somewhere within the books of the provincial NDP government but it might be a long way off.

Premier John Horgan promised during the election campaign in the fall of 2020 that a full service cancer clinic would be built here within the four-year mandate of a new NDP government

That was walked back significantly a year later when the now-majority government of the New Democrats said it was instead within a 10-year cancer care plan.

Earlier this year, Health Minister Adrian Dix said the new clinic is in the “concept planning phase.” He’d said the same thing five months earlier. “The centre will be built.” Just a couple of weeks ago, he said it again. In other words, no timeline, no deadline.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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