"We here in the Netherlands are forming a task force this month to prepare for the worst scenario in 2010," Dr. J. Fred Verzijlbergen, the head of the Dutch Society of Nuclear Medicine, said in an email.Task force of all key stakeholders working together in recognition of an urgent health care crisis. Co-operation. There's a concept.
"People from the industry ... government, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy have to co-operate and study every possibility to keep the medical radioisotope production intact."
"Shutdown of Chalk River and Petten for a long period will have huge consequences, this time also for patients with cancer diagnostics and treatments."
And then there's the Harper government way:
- Harper government experts panel on long term solutions to report by the end of November;
- no funding for provinces who are struggling with increased costs;
- nuclear medicine community has no confidence in the Harper government to handle the issue (Lamoureux quote re: Harper) and there is acrimony (Lisa Raitt and Cdn Association of Nuclear Medicine president Jean-Luc Urbain);
- Harper and his Natural Resources Minister point the finger of blame at Atomic Energy Canada Limited;
- no action to see if Maples reactors can work despite many pleas to do so (latest today).
For more on this topic, see: Blog Post Index: Medical Isotope crisis & Chalk River shutdown.