Doctor shortage closes small-town ER on Labour Day | CTV British Columbia

May 9, 2012

A story CTV did in September of 2011.  Things have not gotten any better and Interior Health has still not come up with any answers.  
Doctor shortage closes small-town ER on Labour Day | CTV British Columbia
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CBC – Radio West Interview

May 8, 2012

Spencer Coyne was interview by CBC’s Radio West on Tuesday May 8.
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Support Nurses: National Nursing Week

May 5, 2012

Let’s celebrate National Nursing Week — May 7-13!

The theme of National Nursing Week 2012 is Nursing — The Health of Our Nation. It reflects the positive impacts nurses make to the lives and well-being of Canadians.

National Nursing Week is an opportunity for nurses to get out and share what they do with the community. In fact, we want to hear what you have planned for the week. Add your event to our National Nursing Week online listings and check in regularly to see what else is going on across the country.

 

Canadian Nurses Association
http://www.cna-aiic.ca

Office open for business

May 5, 2012

The Save Our Hospital movement now has a place to call home.  Thanks to the generosity of Councillor Kim Maynard and assistance from Save Our Similkameen (SOS),the Community Hospital Forum building is open for business.  The building located at 259 Vermilion Ave. is a gathering place for not only the Save Our Hospital Coalition, SOHC but any concerned citizen who would like to assist in the struggle to have 24/7 Emergency Room services restored to the Princeton General Hospital.

The office will be open Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 6pm.

SOHC is looking for volunteers to staff the office on an ongoing basis anyone who wishes to assist even for a few hours a week are asked to please come into the office and sign up.

Create a “unique” job position

May 5, 2012

It has been recognized on both government and local levels that there is a unique problem with the medical care in Princeton. We apparently have enough doctors to cover the local and area populace; however, there are not enough physicians to man the Hospital Emergency Room. For years, the government has been running in circles, hiring “recruitment” officers, etc. and no solutions have been forthcoming. Now the area is in the midst of unacceptable 4-night-a-week closures in the Emergency Room. The government would like to “centralize” the health care in British Columbia, but that has its obvious flaws in emergency situations.

To solve this unique problem, the government must create a “unique” job position. Our government has a long history of creating new job positions, so this should not be difficult. As I understand it, doctors work on a fee for service basis. If they don’t have enough patients, they won’t make enough money to warrant their practice. The current Princeton doctors all have sufficient numbers of patients. To solve our “unique” problem, the government must create a salaried Emergency Room Doctor position. Read more »

We’re A Hole, So No Hospital?

May 3, 2012

Submitted 

April 24, 2012 Dawn Johnson’s ‘Current Comment
Similkameen News Leader
Copyright 2012 Bengel Publishing Inc.
Used with Permission

Princeton’s lack of emergency services has been in the news recently, with the result that I learned there is more to the story out there than broadcasted.

A friend of mine contacted me by telephone to relate her experience with an Interior Health Authority (IHA) employee. She was so upset by her conversation with this employee that she felt I should hear about it.

She spoke casually to the IHA employee about the plight of people in Princeton and their lack of physicians. She told me this was the reply: “Well, if people choose to live in a little hole like Princeton where doctors don’t want to go…They should move to the city.”

My friend, who lived here for years when we had a real hospital and a full complement of physicians, gave the IHA employee a blast about how it was the policy of IHA to reduce the Princeton hospital to the point where physicians cannot truly be physicians. She told him of the removal of surgical facilities and maternity facilities, and she admitted she became much more angry because of his attitude. She reminded him that people who lived in Princeton had their hospital gutted by IHA. Read more »

CHBC coverage of Save Our Hospital Coalition gathering signatures

April 27, 2012

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Annual membership is $2.
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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
Download PDF Here