Michael Beauclair (Conservative Party) Answers Health Care Questions

April 3, 2013

The following answers to our Health Care Questions were received from Michael Beauclair (BC Conservative Party):

1. Over the past ten years, rural B.C. communities have experienced a gradual erosion of health services and reduced accessibility to timely health care. Acute doctor shortages, scheduled closures of emergency departments, increased waitlist times, cutbacks in community nursing services, and difficulties with transportation to specialized services in regional centres are indicative of a health care system unable to meet the needs of rural patients.
If you are elected to the legislature in the 2013 provincial elections, what will you and your party do to reverse this trend and improve accessibility for rural residents?

BCCP Policy
5.4.5. Studying other health care systems world wide to look for ways to improve our own, including ways to reduce increasing wait times. 

One the questions that I ask as a tax-payer is what do Hospital Trustees and Administration do? Interior Health has become a monolithic entity that non-efficient and ” Top Read more »

Healthcare Questions to Our Political Candidates

March 21, 2013

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. Read more »

SOHC is still SOHC

March 19, 2013

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. Read more »

BC Emergency Room Plan

March 14, 2013

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.

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BC ER Doctors
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Lynn Pelly, guest speaker at our Seniors’ Presentation

March 12, 2013

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. Read more »

BC Pharmacy Associaton Proposals

March 12, 2013

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

March 9, 2013

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/after/forgiveness/index.shtml

 

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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.
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