Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A New Medical School

Did you hear? A new medical school is coming to BC!
As part of our efforts to recruit and train more family doctors, we’re building the first new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years! The school will be at the SFU Surrey campus and will create even more opportunities for doctors to learn, train, and practice across BC

You can read more about the school here.


Friday, November 25, 2022

Premier Eby Hits the Ground Running

Last Friday, David Eby was sworn in as our Premier, and he has hit the ground running with major steps to address housing, community safety, and affordability in the past week.
Tackling the housing crisis requires bold action. That's why we’ve taken steps to curb speculation, build more homes, and now we’re taking steps to continue this work, passing legislation to get homes built faster, turn more vacant homes into livable homes for renters, and remove unfair restrictions on strata housing that keeps out families. Our government will be working with our municipal partners to target areas with the greatest need and expectations of growth for housing. Learn more here.
We also know people in our communities want and deserve to feel safe. We’re working to make changes to make people here in B.C. feel safer, we’re launching new repeat violent offender response teams of police, prosecutors, and probation officers, we’re expanding mental health crisis response teams into more communities so people in crisis can get support from dedicated community members, and so police can focus on responding to crime. Through these actions and more to come, we’re taking repeat violent crime seriously, and getting closer to the root causes to stop these crimes from occurring. Find out all about it here.

Finally, we've also introduced affordability measures to help people against inflation. A few months ago we provided up to $175 more per child through the BC Family Benefit and introduced new savings on daycare. Now, we're also putting more money into your January Affordability Credit and launching a $100 BC Hydro Credit.

Through actions like these, David Eby and our Government team are continuing to work for our communities, to make them the thriving, diverse, healthy, and safe places we know they can be.  


Friday, November 18, 2022

One Year Later

I am so amazed by the impressive work of road crews, the resiliency of farmers, and the outpouring of support from individuals and communities across BC for those impacted by last year’s atmospheric river. From the first day and beyond, many folks have stepped up to help us reach this milestone on the road to recovery. There is still much work to do, but together we will build back stronger.

Consider listening to the above video or checking out this op-ed from Minister Fleming.

Thank you,

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tomorrow afternoon, at 1:55, we’ll be testing BC’s emergency alert system! As usual, the notification you receive will be marked as a test.

Now may be a good time to review your emergency preparedness and refresh your emergency kits. You can find some tips on how to do so here.


Thursday, November 10, 2022

A New Deal for Doctors

Every day I hear from people in our community that access to quality health care is their number one priority.  Not having access to a family doctor or other primary care provider can have long-term health implications, and long wait times to see a doctor at a clinic are deeply frustrating.

We are listing to these concerns, and we are taking action.

One thing has been clear:  the current fee-for service payment model hasn’t been working for everyone.

That is why I am proud to share with you that, in February, a new opt-in model for family doctors will take effect.  Our government and the Doctors of BC have developed a new payment model that provides doctors with the support they need to care for patients.

This new model will raise the average wage for a family doctor in BC and ensure doctors can give patients the care and time they deserve.  Rather than paying doctors based only on the number of patients seen each day, the new model will also account for the time spent with each patient, the complexity of patients’ concerns, and the administrative costs of running a family practice.

The new payment model marks the start of a new approach to supporting doctors – we’re doing things differently so that doctors can deliver more and better care to people who need it. 
Under the new payment model, the Province will be better able to attract new family doctors to family practice, and retain existing doctors.

We’ve also reached a tentative Physician Master Agreement, which includes several more actions that will better support doctors as they care for their patients. 
We are working to train and license more doctors to work in BC by:
  • Expanding medical training for doctors
  • Adding new residency seats, including dedicated seats for international medical graduates
  • Working to make it easier for foreign trained doctors to work in BC
  • Supporting safer workplaces for health care workers with 320 new protection service officers
  • Doubling the number of nurse practitioners to free up doctors to see more patients
  • Opening new urgent and primary care centres – 29 with more to come
You can read the full news release here, and you can see what doctors are saying about the new plan here.

We know there is more to be done, but our new deal for doctors is an important step forward in building a better health care system here in BC.