Healthcare

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson announced the implementation of 500 new complex-care housing spaces across the province on Tuesday (March 22). (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

$164 million health-care linked, eviction-free housing project coming to B.C.

100 complex-care spaces to be created in Greater Victoria, among 500 across B.C. by 2023

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson announced the implementation of 500 new complex-care housing spaces across the province on Tuesday (March 22). (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Vancouver Island’s ‘patient 5’ recalls early-days COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery

As B.C. slowly puts pandemic in rear view mirror, Gordon Viberg tells his recovery story

Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Emergency-room nurse Eram Chhogala poses for a photograph at a park near her home, in Toronto, Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Two years in, no moving on from COVID-19 for Canada’s exhausted health-care workers

40 health organizations called for urgent government action to address ailing system

Emergency-room nurse Eram Chhogala poses for a photograph at a park near her home, in Toronto, Thursday, March 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
FILE – Cariboo Memorial Hospital staff were moved to tears Sunday evening, Sept. 19, when first responders drove past the hospital in a salute to health care workers, complete with lights and sirens. Health care workers in B.C. have faced increased pressures brought on by a fourth wave of COVID-19. (Angie Mindus video photo)

B.C. prioritizes health care, social workers in changes to immigration program

Amid staffing shortages in health care, B.C. is implementing a new program…

FILE – Cariboo Memorial Hospital staff were moved to tears Sunday evening, Sept. 19, when first responders drove past the hospital in a salute to health care workers, complete with lights and sirens. Health care workers in B.C. have faced increased pressures brought on by a fourth wave of COVID-19. (Angie Mindus video photo)
Providing day-to-day support for a loved one can take a toll on the caregiver. Photo: Unsplash.com

Who cares for the caregiver? A B.C. senior’s struggle to care for her husband

Elder abuse and caregiver self-neglect are more common than you think: Seniors Advocate

Providing day-to-day support for a loved one can take a toll on the caregiver. Photo: Unsplash.com
Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)

Pot of Gold raffle supports Vancouver Island kids with health challenges

Bear Essentials program bridging the gap for children with complex healthcare needs

Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)
Michael Amyot is recovering at Vancouver General Hospital after undergoing a lung transplant. (Photo submitted by Michael Amyot)
Michael Amyot is recovering at Vancouver General Hospital after undergoing a lung transplant. (Photo submitted by Michael Amyot)
Thousands of foreign-trained doctors are unable to practise medicine in Canada, despite severe doctor shortages. (Unsplash)

Regulations prevent foreign-trained B.C. doctor from practising

Despite severe doctor shortage, international medical graduates face years of barriers in Canada

Thousands of foreign-trained doctors are unable to practise medicine in Canada, despite severe doctor shortages. (Unsplash)
FILE – Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. funds 602 new seats at post-secondary institutions to address nursing shortage

The province is funding an additional 602 new nursing seats at post-secondary…

FILE – Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Physician assistants could fill part of B.C.’s need for more doctors: advocates

Pandemic and opioid crisis have highlighted B.C.’s lack of doctors

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Rallying parents, opposition scorn B.C. government over new autism funding model

Province phasing out individualized funding for neurodiverse children and youth by 2025

David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

All remaining B.C. health-care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24

Dr. Bonnie Henry had initially hinted at mandate in the fall

FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
NDP MPs are asking the Federal Government to increase funding to the healthcare system. (Black Press media file photo)

Vancouver Island NDP MPs want Liberals to strengthen healthcare system

‘Liberals need to fund healthcare to make sure Canadians are supported’ — coastal NDP MPs

NDP MPs are asking the Federal Government to increase funding to the healthcare system. (Black Press media file photo)
Victoria MP and NDP member Laurel Collins spoke during question period Feb. 7 to reiterate calls for the federal government to increase health care funding. (CPAC.ca)

Island MP brings region’s chronic doctor shortage to Ottawa debate

Clinic closures prompt NDP’s Laurel Collins to reiterate call for more healthcare funding

Victoria MP and NDP member Laurel Collins spoke during question period Feb. 7 to reiterate calls for the federal government to increase health care funding. (CPAC.ca)
In this Aug. 2, 2021, file photo, COVID ward healthcare worker watches from behind his face shield, double masks and full personal protective equipment as he works with a COVID-19 patient. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)

British Columbians increasingly concerned about quality of health-care

45% of British Columbians believe service has declined in the last 5 years

In this Aug. 2, 2021, file photo, COVID ward healthcare worker watches from behind his face shield, double masks and full personal protective equipment as he works with a COVID-19 patient. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)
Joy Williamson is worried about how the closure of several walk-in clinics will impact the ability for people to get diagnosed correctly and in a timely fashion. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Vancouver Island cancer patient fears collateral damage of walk-in clinic closures

Lack of having a GP led to Joy Williamson’s tumour incubating 2 years before it was diagnosed

Joy Williamson is worried about how the closure of several walk-in clinics will impact the ability for people to get diagnosed correctly and in a timely fashion. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at a mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Several provinces considering allowing COVID positive health workers to stay on job

Manitoba and Ontario said they are considering similar measures to avoid overwhelming their health systems

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at a mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Eugene Litvak, president of the non-profit Institute for Health Care Optimization in Massachusetts, is seen in an undated handout photo. A Harvard professor from the former Soviet Union with an affinity for Canada claims he has the silver bullet solution, and it’s already working in some Ontario hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Eugene Litvak, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Fix health-care backlogs, save money and ease health-worker burnout? There is a way.

Expert says surgeries should be scheduled every day of the week

Eugene Litvak, president of the non-profit Institute for Health Care Optimization in Massachusetts, is seen in an undated handout photo. A Harvard professor from the former Soviet Union with an affinity for Canada claims he has the silver bullet solution, and it’s already working in some Ontario hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Eugene Litvak, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth, speaks to a reporter in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. A progress report on a plan to address Indigenous racism in British Columbia’s health-care system says Indigenous patients continue to disproportionately die as a result of the impacts of racism and the two public-health emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Little progress made to combat anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health care: report

Author says progress has been made in 10 of initial report’s 24 recommendations

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth, speaks to a reporter in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. A progress report on a plan to address Indigenous racism in British Columbia’s health-care system says Indigenous patients continue to disproportionately die as a result of the impacts of racism and the two public-health emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A worker walks past the West block as Parliament returns, in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The government has introduced a bill today to create 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, and also to create criminal code offences for anyone threatening a health care worker. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals push sick leave, crack down on health-care worker harassment in single bill

Bill would provide 10 days of paid sick leave to federally regulated workers

A worker walks past the West block as Parliament returns, in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The government has introduced a bill today to create 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, and also to create criminal code offences for anyone threatening a health care worker. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld