Why a Walmart clinic is closing in Vancouver, Canada
A Vancouver, British Columbia, Walmart clinic that was the only one in the country offering cancer screenings to children was shuttered Wednesday, the clinic said.
The closure was announced by the Children’s Hospital of BC, the facility that operated the Childrens Clinic at the time of the closure.
It said in a statement that it was closing “for medical reasons.”
The clinic said in the statement that its staff will be laid off.
It did not provide any details about what medical reasons the closure was related to.
The Childrens Hospital of British Columbia did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
In the closing statement, the hospital said the clinic “will no longer be able to offer children’s cancer screenings.”
“This closure is a major setback to the children’s health and safety at Childrens, as well as to the thousands of children who have benefited from our services in the past,” it said.
It also said that “the Childrens Family Clinic will no longer have a presence at the Children Clinic at Westlake.”
The Children’s Clinic at Vancouver, B.C., was founded in 1984 and was a leader in children’s medical care.
The clinic is in Vancouver’s east end, just north of Victoria Park and near the Westlake Mall.
It has about 3,000 patients, most of whom are children under the age of 5.
Childrens said in its statement that the closure is part of an “ongoing health and medical crisis.”
“It is heartbreaking for our patients, staff and families to hear that the Children Family Clinic has decided to close their doors,” the clinic wrote.
The decision to close the clinic comes after months of protests by the families of children in the clinic who have been diagnosed with the deadly disease.
The protest movement began last year, when two young men, David and Pauline MacLeod, died from the disease.
One of the men, Jordan Williams, is currently serving a life sentence.
In March, a court in Victoria, British Colombia, sentenced two other men to life in prison for their role in the murder of Pauline and David MacLeod.
The trial is scheduled to resume next month.
In December, the court sentenced two others to life sentences for their roles in the murders.
They have been serving life sentences.
The Canadian Association of Independent Clinics, which represents the clinics, has called for the clinic to be shuttered.
“It’s a disgrace that the clinic has been forced to close in Vancouver,” said CAAIC president Dan Ritchie.
“There’s a lot of children here and families that need to know they’re safe.
They need to have the information and the information is going to be out there.”