VICTORIA --Today’s new bill that will place sustainability among the underlying principles of health care in B.C. opens the door to new attacks on British Columbians’ access to health services, according to New Democrat Health Critic Adrian Dix.
VICTORIA — NDP Health Critic Adrian Dix and New Westminster MLA Chuck Puchmayr took the Campbell government to task today in question period over the latest complaint from a physician at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster regarding cancelled surgeries and hallway medicine.
VANCOUVER – In the face of cancelled and delayed surgeries, hallway medicine and code oranges, Health Minister George Abbott is suggesting that British Columbians can expect no help from their government, says New Democrat Health Critic Adrian Dix .
CAMPBELL RIVER— The Campbell government is to blame for the Vancouver Island Health Authority pulling the plug on plans for 11 new residential care beds in Port Hardy, the New Democrats said today.
VIHA Takes Over Care Contracts From Retirement Concepts--Care Aides Receive Layoff Notice at Three Island Facilities
Care aides that work at Retirement Concepts-run assisted living facilities on Vancouver Island have been served layoff notices and families are being informed the contract to provide personal services will be taken over by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, New Democrats have learned.
The New Democrats are calling on Gordon Campbell to immediately shut down a private health wait list insurance scheme that has set up business within B.C.'s borders.
"This is another example of a company that is actively soliciting for clients that have the ability to pay for the privilege of queue jumping. It's illegal, it violates both provincial and national health legislation and action must be taken now to end this practice," said NDP health critic Adrian Dix.
Health Authority Funding Shows Campbell Liberals’ Vindictive Nature - Expect Further Cuts to Care, Says Dix
Yesterday’s health authority funding announcement by the Campbell Liberals hurts patients and will lead to further cuts to care, says Adrian Dix, NDP Opposition Health Critic.
The enormous damage caused to B.C.’s health system will remain an embarrassing legacy of the Campbell Liberals, say New Democrats.
"This agreement is an important victory for health care workers," said Carol James, Leader of the New Democrat Official Opposition. "I met many hundreds of workers who had their livelihoods taken away by Gordon Campbell when he forced through Bill 29 and triggered the largest layoff of women workers in B.C. history.
New Democrats will table legislation this spring to give B.C. men access to free screening that can indicate early signs of prostate cancer, says Opposition Health Critic Adrian Dix.
B.C. remains one of only four jurisdictions left in Canada that does not cover prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. Six provinces and three territories cover the screening.
Wait lists for MRI diagnostics are significantly higher than the B.C. average across the entire Interior Health Region according to data posted on the region’s own web site, says Adrian Dix, Opposition Health Critic.