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  • From PhD to Life: Alisa Harrison, executive director of Victoria Division of Family Practice

    May 25, 2017

    University Affairs​: Alisa Harrison earned her PhD from Duke University in 2008 (history & African American studies). Since then, she has worked as a consultant and executive in the public and non-profit sectors. She draws on her expertise in power relations, democratic movement-building, and community organizing to work with health care providers and leaders, service users, and community partners to improve access and quality, encourage evidence-informed practice, and create a more equitable, safe, and sustainable health system. She is currently executive director at the Victoria Division of Family Practice. Dr. Harrison first wrote about her transition in April 2013. Read the full interview >

  • Trellis development stalled

    May 25, 2017

    Coast Reporter​: District of Sechelt councillors at the May 24 planning and community development committee meeting were against moving the Trellis seniors’ development forward and instead asked staff to draft new policies to guide long-term residential care development in Sechelt. The seniors’ development being pitched by Trellis Seniors Services in cooperation with Vancouver Coastal Health is envisioned to replace the current seniors’ facilities at Totem Lodge and Shorncliffe. It’s proposed to contain 128 long-term care beds, four hospice beds and an adult daycare on a 1.2-hectare site in West Sechelt. Read the full story >

  • BC hospital system has been operating over capacity for five years

    May 24, 2017

    Salmon Arm Observer: The entire British Columbia hospital system has been operating over capacity since 2012, according to Ministry of Health figures obtained by The Abbotsford News. But not all patients need to be in hospital: one of every seven hospital beds in BC are occupied by people who could otherwise be discharged but are waiting for some additional care to be set up elsewhere. The figures date back to 2012/13 and were acquired after The News filed a Freedom of Information request following a series of high-profile incidents involving the Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH) emergency room. Read the full story >

  • What’s up? Docs on the way to Parksville

    May 19, 2017

    Parksville Qualicum Beach News​: The arrival of two new doctors to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area this fall will ease the local shortage of family physicians. But it won’t actually close the gap to full coverage. Read the full story >

  • Letter to the editor: Private care not ‘inferior’

    May 18, 2017

    Coast Reporter​: Editor: In response to Gayle Duteil, president of the BC Nurses’ Union (“Ownership matters,” Letters, May 12), BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) would like to set the record straight on information circulated by organizations that we think are causing fear and uncertainty within the Sunshine Coast community. Read the full letter >

  • Doctors' office closing

    May 18, 2017

    Castanet​: A Summerland doctors' office will be closing at the end of the month, in the midst of a physician shortage in the South Okanagan. Jubilee Clinic, serving the patients of Dr. Le Bel and Dr. Severide will shut its doors on May 31. Severide is relocating to the Rosedale Medical Clinic, where her patients can book appointments starting June 5. However, there is no physician to take over Le Bel’s practice. The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice says there is some hope that a new doctor will be secured for the community within six to eight months. In the interim, some temporary coverage will be provided by locum physicians. Read the full story >

  • Nanaimo doctors face possible suspension for not using electronic order entry system

    May 17, 2017

    Canadian Healthcare Network​: Nine Nanaimo senior internists and intensivists who, for safety and ethical reasons, have been refusing to use an electronic order entry system their hospital has been piloting since March 2016 are now facing potential loss of hospital privileges. A May 11 memo from Island Health informed them that the paper orders they have resorted to since April 27 will no longer be processed. Their remaining options right now: to use the computerized provider order entry system (CPOE) they mistrust or find someone (prepared to use it) who will take on their call duties. Read the full story >

  • New doctors help alleviate shortage in Parksville

    May 16, 2017

    Nanaimo News Now​: Recruitment efforts for new doctors in the Oceanside area has paid off. Sharon Todd, the coordinator of recruitment and retention for the Oceanside Division of Family Practice, told Parksville Council they've managed to fill two of their open positions. Read the full story >

  • Young Minds: Understanding your teen’s true thoughts

    May 16, 2017

    Peace Arch News​: As a parent of teenagers, do you ever wish you could know what is going on inside their minds? Do you ever have an impulse to eavesdrop on their conversations with friends to try to hear how they really feel about what is happening in their lives? We parents can often feel confused and in the dark when it comes to understanding what influences their moods and behaviours. Read the full story >

  • Langley refugees/ newcomers earn Canadian Healthcare Literacy Passports

    May 16, 2017

    Langley Times​: There is much to navigate for Canadian refugees and newcomers. Among the more challenging: finding a doctor and deciphering Canada’s health care system. To that end, Langley Community Services Society recently hosted a program that educated local refugee families about Canadian health care and all it entails. Read the full story >

  • Sooke health-care facility takes another step forward

    May 15, 2017

    Sooke News Mirror​: A health-care facility for Sooke has won the backing of the Capital Regional District board. The approval comes two weeks after the CRD’s housing committee supported a motion from Sooke Mayor Maja Tait. Read the full story >

  • Letter to the editor: Ownership matters

    May 11, 2017

    Coast Reporter​: Editor: In his recently published letter in this paper, BC Liberal candidate Mathew Wilson claimed that quality care for seniors is one of his top priorities. If this were true, his characterization of Trellis Seniors’ Services Ltd. would have been far less glowing. There is no shortage of research – both here in BC and other provinces – showing that ownership of residential care facilities affects care quality and staffing levels, and that for-profit residential care is generally inferior to care delivered in public or non-profit facilities. Read the full letter >

  • Northern Health challenges restraint numbers

    May 10, 2017

    Prince George Citizen​: Northern Health is disputing the national report that found it puts long term care residents in daily physical restraints at three times the national average. In response to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report, Northern Health said there are continued data quality issues in the report, creating an inaccurately high number in restraint use. Read the full story >

  • "Walk with your Doc" a Hit in Terrace

    May 08, 2017

    CFTK TV​: Walkers and Doctors flooded the Milennium Trail this Saturday, as the first-ever annual "Walk with your Doc" event took place in Terrace. The timing of the event coincides with the World Health Organization's International Move for Health Day, around May 10th, and its goal is to promote one of the simplest and yet most beneficial forms of exercise - walking. Read the full story >

  • British Columbians Care about Health Care, So What Are Parties Promising?

    May 06, 2017

    The Tyee​: British Columbians are concerned about health care, but you wouldn’t know it from the election campaign speeches and talking points. According to a recent poll for Global News by Ipsos, health care is the most important issue for BC residents this election. Almost one-third of those polled — 31 per cent — said health care is more important than housing, which came in at 29 per cent. Despite the findings, health care has not earned many headlines in recent weeks. Read the full story >

  • BC Election: Where the candidates stand on health care

    May 04, 2017

    Kamloops BC Now​: British Columbians head to the polls on May 9th. Over the next few days, see what local candidates had to say about some of the major issues. We asked: Thousands of Kamloops residents are without a family doctor. What will you do to improve access to primary health care? Read the full story >

  • Editorial: IHealth project badly handled

    May 04, 2017

    Times Colonist​: The simmering controversy over the new patient-record system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has boiled over. Some physicians have abandoned the system, and gone back to using paper records for ordering medications and lab work. They say the software is clumsy, slow and plagued by glitches. As a result, one doctor has been suspended, and another is facing disciplinary action. While the medical staff’s actions are troubling, nothing about the behaviour on either side of this dispute generates confidence. Read the full story >

  • Analysis: We're graduating more doctors than ever, so why is it so hard to find a GP?

    May 04, 2017

    CBC News​: Christopher Pengilly paid $15,000 to take over a medical practice in Victoria BC, in the '70s, beating out dozens of other doctors vying for it, but four decades later when he wanted to retire, nobody wanted to replace him. "My pants were just about worn out from begging on my knees, can you pretty please take this one and that one," said Pengilly who spent months finding his patients new physicians after dissolving his practice. And he says this is indicative of a bigger problem in the province, when it comes to the dearth of family doctors. Read the full story >

  • Letter to the editor: Myths about private care

    May 04, 2017

    Coast Reporter​: Editor, there’s a lot of misinformation flying around about the new long-term residential care facility in Sechelt. Let’s look at the facts. Read the full letter >

  • Powell River Hospice Society plans facility

    May 03, 2017

    Powell River Peak​: Powell River Hospice Society has committed to raising a significant amount of money for its existing program costs and future facility plans. The society will hold its annual Hike for Hospice fundraising event from 12:30-4 pm on Sunday, May 7, at Willingdon Beach. Funds raised will go toward hiring a new volunteer program coordinator and building a new hospice centre. Read the full story >

  • Health care racism hurts first nations

    May 03, 2017

    Powell River Peak​: Progressive, self-determining with a treaty, lots of health-care workers, strong governance and leadership: those are reasons Tla’amin Nation easily understands and is interested in what cultural safety and humility means for first nations people in the health care system, according to First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) chief medical officer Evan Adams. Read the full story >

  • Election 2017: Seniors healthcare

    May 03, 2017

    Revelstoke Review​: Healthcare makes up the biggest portion of the provincial budget, and it gets more expensive every year. As health authorities look to tackle costs, a big challenge in small towns is ensuring people can get the care they need without having to leave their community. We asked the candidates: Many seniors have to leave this riding to seek proper healthcare as they get older. What initiatives would you pursue to ensure these people can age in their home communities? Read the full story >

  • Government has to stop looking for cheap way to address doctor shortage, says GP

    May 03, 2017

    CBC Radio: Nova Scotia's doctor shortage — about 10 per cent of the population can't find a general practitioner — is a hot-button issue in the election campaign that just started April 30. And it's an issue voters on the other side of the country are talking about in BC as they head to the polls next week. They are also facing a shortage of family doctors. About 700,000 people in the province don't have a family doctor — which is about 15 per cent of the population. Family physician Chris Pengilly in Victoria, B.C., points to the changing face of family medicine as part of the issue. Read/listen to the full story >

  • Heavy healthcare focus at seniors election forum

    May 02, 2017

    CFJC Today​: Healthcare was the number one issue of discussion at a candidates forum at the Brock Activity Centre Tuesday afternoon. All four Kamloops-North Thompson candidates fielded questions from a small crowd of seniors and concerned citizens. Topics included medically assisted death, the new seniors health clinic at Northills Mall, and access to residential care. Read the full story >

  • NDP Leader John Horgan promises urgent care centres during stop in Kamloops

    May 02, 2017

    Kamloops This Week​: New Democrat supporters formed a mock doctor’s office lineup on Tuesday to represent the BC Liberal government’s failure to bring doctors to Kamloops. Party leader John Horgan, in Kamloops in the final week of the election campaign, pledged to do better, but said he won’t commit to Liberal-like promises. Read the full story >

  • Nanaimo specialist proud of suspension for writing prescriptions and test requests by hand

    May 02, 2017

    Canadian Healthcare Network​: The year-long dispute between doctors and officials at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital over a star-crossed software system continues to make headlines. The latest is the one-day suspension of Dr. Paul Mitenko, one of seven internal medicine specialists who work at the health care facility on Vancouver Island. Read the full story >

  • New wellness directory for youth launched

    May 01, 2017

    Whistler Question​: A new initiative from a Pemberton mental health group is working to connect youth with local mental health resources in a way that will grab their attention. Plan-Y — which stands for Pemberton, Lil’wat and Lower Lakes, Area C , N’Quatqua and Youth — is a new web-based wellness directory that functions like an app to connect young people to locally-based services like counsellors, websites, 24-hour support lines, volunteer opportunities, employment services centres, clinics, community centres and even food banks, to name just a few. Read the full story >

  • Candidates talk physicians

    May 01, 2017

    Castanet: Castanet News reached out to candidates running in the ridings encompassing the Central Okanagan. These include Kelowna-Lake Country, Kelowna-Mission and Kelowna West. Each candidate was given the same six questions, and asked to respond by Monday, April 24. Here are the answers to question three from those who replied. Question 4: There is a shortage of physicians in the Okanagan, and now, some walk-in clinics are beginning to shut down. It can take several years for people to obtain a personal physician. How do you propose to increase the number of doctors in the region? Read the full story >

  • Doctor shortage key issue in BC election

    April 21, 2017

    Canadian Healthcare Network​: The family doctor shortage has dogged British Columbia for years, and now the chickens have come home to roost – again – in a provincial election. Both the Liberals (a centre-right party in BC) and New Democrats are promising to help every BC resident find a family doctor. Driving those promises is a recent StatsCan survey that estimated 745,000 people don’t have a regular family doctor in BC. The survey also suggested that about 40% of those people – nearly 300,000 – cannot find a doctor in their area taking patients or have a doctor who has left or is retiring. The issue, however, is not new. Liberal Premier Christy Clark campaigned on the same issue in the 2013 election. She notably promised to improve access to primary care and help 200,000 people find a doctor through the creation of a new $132-million program called A GP for Me. Read the full story >

  • Korean-Canadians call for more culturally sensitive seniors' homes

    April 28, 2017

    Burnaby Now​: When Jung Eun Hwang entered a seniors’ home – first Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster and later George Derby in Burnaby – it didn’t take long for his health to decline. He died within a year and a half at the age of 87 in March 2016. Culturally sensitive gaps in care contributed to his health problems, according to Hwang’s son, Michael. Language, culinary and social barriers were an issue for the late Korean War vet and POW. Many Korean-Canadians face the same challenges, he said. Read the full story >

  • Kamloops welcoming two new doctors to family practice

    April 27, 2017

    CFJC Today: A month after closing its walk-in clinic, the Norkam Healthcare Centre is getting a boost. The Ministry of Health has approved the centre as the recipient of two new Practice Ready Assessment BC physicians, who are coming to the city from the Middle East. The first is Dr. Laila Ayoub, who has only been in kamloops for three weeks. She's getting herself ready to see patients starting on Monday. Read and watch the full story >

  • Protect Public Health Care hosting meeting

    April 27, 2017

    Coast Reporter​: Protect Public Health Care Sunshine Coast (PPHC), a group opposed to the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) plan to purchase long-term care beds in a private, for-profit facility in Sechelt, is holding an information meeting April 30. The event comes with just under a week to go in the provincial election campaign, and the deal between VCH and Trellis Seniors Services has emerged as one of the key local issues. Read the full story >

  • Health-care facility for Sooke wins backing of CRD panel

    April 26, 2017

    Times Colonist​: Sooke Mayor Maja Tait’s call for a new primary care health-care facility in her rapidly growing community has won support from the Capital Regional District hospitals committee. The CRD’s hospitals and housing committee decided Wednesday to recommend the Capital Region Hospital District Board, Island Health and the province support building a new health care facility in Sooke. Read the full story >

  • Provincial doctor shortage crisis gets political in Kamloops

    April 25, 2017

    CBC News​: A family doctor shortage is one of the major election issues dominating the political discussion in at least one BC municipality. Kamloops is ground zero for the crisis, where the NDP claim as many as 30,000 patients or one in three people are without a family doctor — a figure also referenced by telemedicine provider, Medview MD. Read the full story >

  • BC Liberal fails to show at forum for candidates on mental health

    April 25, 2017

    Times Colonist​: BC Liberals are under fire for skipping a debate on mental health and addictions issues in the middle of an overdose crisis that’s killing an average of four people a day across the province. The Canadian Mental Health Association organized the forum with Carole James of the NDP and Chris Maxwell of the BC Green Party at The Atrium in Victoria Monday night. The BC Liberals could have sent a representative from any riding, and their absence was marked by an empty white chair draped in red. Read the full story >

  • NDP leader accuses BC Liberals of having private health care agenda

    April 25, 2017

    CBC News​: NDP Leader John Horgan introduced privatization into the election debate Tuesday, announcing his party would build new much-needed public medical facilities, while claiming the Liberals would create more private hospitals in the province. Horgan made the announcement near Burnaby Hospital, a facility which is is in the midst of a $13.8-million 10-year redevelopment plan. But Horgan claims there's a behind-the-scenes push toward private-pay health care that is gaining steam. Read the full story >

  • BC Election 2017: NDP promises to build new hospital, urgent care centre for Burnaby

    April 25, 2017

    Vancouver Sun​: The New Democrats are promising to build a new hospital in Burnaby, with a price tag in the range of $1.2 billion. NDP Leader John Horgan made the announcement Tuesday standing outside Burnaby Hospital. Horgan said the money would come from a five-year, $10-billion capital investment plan that is part of the party’s platform in the May 9 election campaign. A new hospital would include a family urgent care centre, which Horgan said would reduce pressure on the hospital’s emergency room. Read the full story >

  • BC NDP promises to build new hospital in Burnaby, if elected

    April 25, 2017

    News 1130​: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s campaign bus made a stop in Burnaby this morning where he promised to build a brand new hospital in that city. And that’s just one part of a multi-year, $10 billion spending commitment, should the party win the May 9th election. Horgan says the new hospital would take about $1.25 billion from the capital spending pool. It would also include an urgent family care centre which Horgan claims will relieve pressure on emergency rooms while reducing wait times. Read the full story >

  • IHealth alarm sounds again in Nanaimo

    April 25, 2017

    Times Colonist​: Some doctors and nurses in Nanaimo say patients are at risk because Island Health has reversed its decision to shelve an electronic system that they say can cause drug dosage errors and take time away from patient care. Island Health’s board and executive agreed on Feb. 17 to suspend the “computerized provider order-entry” tool until improvements were made. The tool is used to order medications and tests such as X-rays and blood work. It is part of the new IHealth system, which seeks to have one electronic record and plan of care for each patient. But the health authority said it has found the order-entry tool is too entrenched in other parts of the electronic health records to shelve. Read the full story >

  • BC physiotherapists say they can help alleviate the opioid crisis

    April 25, 2017

    CBC News​: In a new position paper, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia says physiotherapy should be better utilized to treat chronic pain which would reduce reliance on painkillers and the potential for drug addiction. Read the full story >

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