Category Archives: Health

Temporary Farm Workers Don’t Have Access To Adequate Health Care

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Every summer, thousands of migrant farm workers flock to B.C. bearing painkillers and antibiotics. These personal pharmacies reflect workers’ concerns they won’t have access to adequate health care in the province, despite working in one of B.C.’s most dangerous  — and essential — industries. It’s a situation advocates say puts farm workers at risk despite government assurances the system is working. 

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Citizens for Quality Health Care Call For independent Enquiry into Campbell River Hospital lab

Island Health has long been ignoring North Island concerns about the manner in which consultations for clinical pathology samples were transferred to Nanaimo and Victoria. Seventy-five doctors and dozens of lab technologists and assistants in Campbell River made their opposition known. The Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District Board has been seeking to opt out since November 2019 and at its last meeting before COVID struck requested the area’s original pathology services be reinstated. Two Comox Valley pathologists, Dr. Chris Bellamy and Dr. Wayne Donn, recently tended their resignations because of ‘differences with Island Health’. They will be leaving on August 23rd, 2020. Now Citizens for Quality Health Care (CFQHC) is calling for an independent enquiry into the changes at the Campbell River Hospital Lab, which also serves outlying areas like Cortes, Quadra and the rest of the Discovery Islands.

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Advocates Call For Government To Rescind Bill 22

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Calling it punitive and backwards, advocates want the B.C. government to rescind proposed legislation that would allow youth to be held in hospital against their will after a drug overdose. The B.C. Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has announced it is putting Bill 22 to amend the Mental Health Act on hold. But critics want it nixed entirely.

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First Nations Disproportionately Impacted By Opoid Overdose Crises

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous people are being disproportionately impacted by the opioid overdose crisis during the pandemic, according to the First Nations Health Authority in B.C. But the overdose crisis is not just a story about numbers, Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA acting chief medical officer, said in an interview with Canada’s National Observer on Monday.

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Another Record Breaking Month Of Deaths From Illicit Drug Overdoses

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C. recorded its deadliest month ever for illicit drug overdoses as fatalities from increasingly toxic street drugs continue to spike during the pandemic.

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