Canadian Nuclear Medicine community devastated by Reactor shutdown



    OTTAWA, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Nuclear Medicine community is
devastated by the negative impact that the Reactor shutdown has had on patient
care and access to vital diagnostic procedures that both patients and
physicians rely on to make informed decisions on their care. This is a country
wide problem, affecting patients in every province in Canada.
    Presently only the diagnostic aspect of Nuclear Medicine is affected but
if the disruption continues much longer our therapeutic capacity will also be
compromised.
    Nuclear medicine services are now being rationed across Canada. Patients
with fractures, cancer, heart disease, and blood clots are not getting timely
access to critical diagnostic procedures. This is impacting on timely surgery
and therapy planning, placing patients at increased risk. The Nuclear medical
community is doing its best to reduce this negative impact but as this crisis
goes on our ability to help our patients will decrease.
    It is estimated that each month these services are reduced,
50,000 Canadians will have their treatments delayed. This does not factor in
the impact that this shut down has across North America as Canada is the main
supplier of medical isotopes in the continent.
    The Nuclear Medicine Community is frustrated in that there does not
appear to have been a contingency plan in place to sufficiently address this
catastrophic situation. We look forward to working with the Federal Government
and its regulatory agencies, in association with industry to ensure that
patients in the future will not suffer as they are now.




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For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Hélène Samson, (613) 730-6254 (Ottawa), www.csnm-scmn.ca

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