In the meantime, as always, patients suffer. Here was the concern expressed on January 10:
Francois Lamoureux, president of the Quebec association of nuclear medicine specialists, said any further delay would be "extremely serious."There's no plan for alternatives from this government. They rarely even comment anymore. We'll see if there's any word from new Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis today.
He said the reactor in the Netherlands, which took up the slack for the production of medical isotopes when Canada stopped its own production, has to close by mid-February for repairs.
Patients awaiting treatment - mainly for heart ailments and cancer -may suffer as a result of any further delay between the shutdown of the Dutch reactor and the re-opening of Chalk River.
And of course, no Parliament in which to push this pressing health issue.
For more on this topic, see: Blog Post Index: Medical Isotope crisis & Chalk River shutdown.