Housing aggravating search for ultrasound tech 

It’s tough to get a timely ultrasound appointment in Whistler these days as the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority searches for a new technician.

The search is being exacerbated by the age-old problem of housing in Whistler.

“Whistler’s notorious for having not that much affordable housing,” said VCHA senior media relations officer Viviana Zanocco.

The health authority posted the job listing on Jan. 1 after Whistler’s technician resigned.

Since then the three day a week ultrasound service has been reduced to Sunday’s only as technicians fill in from Squamish and the Lower Mainland for the day. Others have been referred for ultrasounds in Squamish and Lion’s Gate Hospital.

It is not clear when the Whistler position will be filled.

One on the hand, said Zanocco, there are unique challenges to filling a spot in Whistler including the cost of living, the scarcity of accommodation and potentially finding a job for a spouse. On the other hand, applicants may be drawn specifically to Whistler for all it has to offer.

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