In collaboration with the BC Health Coalition, SOHC has crafted 6 questions about healthcare and distributed them to all four political candidates in the Fraser-Nicola riding. The candidates have two weeks to respond. We will publish their answers in our two local papers, our website and our facebook page. The BC Health Coalition will publish the questions on their website www.bchealthcoalition.ca and their member organizations are encouraged to use the questions in their own communities. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2013
SOHC is still SOHC
SOHC has decided to change its name. As of March 18, our new name will be Support Our Health Care instead of Save Our Hospital Coalition.
Back in April of 2012, when we first started, we focused on the nighttime ER closures and were concerned that this was indicative of a hospital in decline. After eleven months working to improve healthcare in our community, we still support the need for 24/7 emergency service. We now realize, however, that this is only one component of a better healthcare system for everyone. Continue reading
BC Emergency Room Plan
BC Emergency Room doctors are speaking out. Please visit their website and send a message to our provincial government in support of their BC ER Plan.
Lynn Pelly, guest speaker at our Seniors’ Presentation
The following is the speech given on February 25, 2013 by invited guest, Lynn Pelly, Executive Director of Princeton Community Services:
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity this evening to review some of the services currently available to seniors in our community. Princeton & District Community Services has been in existence since 1973. In the 40 years since its inception, the focus has been on the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. Much has changed over time but our focus remains ﬁrm. Continue reading
BC Pharmacy Associaton Proposals
If these proposals by the BC Pharmacy Association are accepted, they could mean significant savings to our healthcare costs.
- Trial Prescription Program
- Treatment of Minor Ailments
- Medication Adherence Services
- Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes
- Community Pharmacist-led Anticoagulation Management Service
- Pharmacist-led Smoking Cessation Services
- Asthma Consultation Service
For the full article, visit www.bcpharmacy.ca
Student Loan forgiveness
This is potentially very good news for our community.
The application for Canada Student Loan forgiveness for family doctors and nurses who serve in a rural or remote community is now available online at http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/
From: The Town of Princeton and RDOS
March 1, 2013
On Thursday, February 28 healthcare practitioners and community representatives met with Interior Health (IHA) to discuss the implementation of an improved and sustainable model of healthcare for Princeton and District. This consultation is an IHA initiative with active participation by members of the community and all healthcare practitioners, including Dr. Sandhu who will be joining our community in August. Continue reading
Presentation on Seniors’ Care
On Monday, February 25th a small but appreciative audience attended a presentation on seniors care in our community. The ﬁrst speaker was Lynn Pelly, Executive Director of Princeton Community Services Society. She gave a comprehensive report on the wide range of services provided by her organization. She explained that many of these services are under contract with the Interior Health Authority and are administered by a paid staff, supported by many volunteers. It was made clear that these important services are available as a result of government funding and that recent cutbacks have limited the scope of several services that the Society offers.
The second speaker was Gloria Levi, seniors advocate and coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy. As Gloria explained, “integrated care” refers to the need to provide comprehensive medical and non-medical home health care that considers every aspect of a person’s well being. She pointed out that integrated care is not only what seniors want, it is also the most effective and cost efﬁcient way to provide care; “it’s the best way to get a bang for your health care buck.”