People from the Mayne Island Health Centre Association and the Galiano Health Care Society were in Victoria Tuesday to deliver petitions opposing cuts to weekend on-call nursing coverage.

The “First Call” program can be the only emergency help on small Gulf Islands without full time doctors.

Gary Holman, the MLA for the Islands, told the Legislature he backs his constituents, who are hoping to get the on-call nurses back at least two weekends a month.

“Gulf Islanders are feeling a bit under siege. Over the past decade ferry fares have doubled while the schedule has shrunk. Their roads are deteriorating, and a new funding model for recycling threatens the viability of Gulf Island depots.” he said.

The groups gathered nearly 14-hundred signatures between them.  Holman points out that represents the majority of full time residents