Princeton Hospital Problems Addressed in the Legislature
By: Anita Sthankiya
Princeton Hospital Problems Addressed in the Legislature.
This week in the Legislature in Victoria the Princeton General Hospital was discussed by Fraser Nicola MLA Harry Lali and BC’s Health Minister Mike de Jong.
Harry Lali was quick to point out the issues at the Princeton Hospital have been ongoing for years. …more
Spencer Coyne was interview by CBC’s Radio West on Tuesday May 8.
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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. Continue reading
by Kim Calloway – Power 104 – Story: 37938
Mar 16, 2008
IH helping find small town doctors – Kelowna News – Castanet.net.
Interior Health’s CEO says the health authority is working with local officials to address a coming doctor-gap in the small town of Clearwater. … more
Jan 19, 2006
Rural Birth Protocol Review – Vernon News – Castanet.net.
Interior Health is launching a review of protocols for childbirth transfers in all of its rural hospitals. The review, which will be done by the BC Reproductive Care Program with support from BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, follows the roadside birth of a baby from Princeton late in December, 2005. An initial review of the December birth suggested that a standardized procedure might prevent this type of situation from recurring. The review will begin in late January. … more