Healthcare

Dozens display signs at the BC Health Care Matters rally on May 19, 2022, at the legislature for World Family Doctor Day. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

B.C. family doctor shortage sparks hundreds to rally in Victoria

Advocates say 1 in 5 people in B.C. lack a general practitioner

 

Nurses at Langley Memorial Hospital are among the many nurses around the world who provide care. May 12 is International Nurses Day. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A salute to nurses

May 9 to 15 is National Nursing Week in Canada and a time to recognize the work done by nurses

 

Protesters fill the front steps of the legislature Tuesday at a rally for the BC Nurses’ Union during National Nursing Week. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

“Mortal’ B.C. nurses rally at legislature, call for better working conditions

Many B.C. nurses considering leaving jobs, union vice-president says

 

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, May 6, 2022. A year since the federal government announced a fund for organizations making sexual and reproductive information and services more available, advocates say those funds have not yet been released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

$45M sexual, reproductive health fund not yet released a year later: advocates

Health Canada says it has signed nine contribution agreements

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, May 6, 2022. A year since the federal government announced a fund for organizations making sexual and reproductive information and services more available, advocates say those funds have not yet been released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents in Kelowna lack confidence in the vaccination (Metro Creative Graphics Photo)

Kelowna parents are vaccinated but most kids are not

Children in Kelowna have a 36 per cent vaccination rate

Parents in Kelowna lack confidence in the vaccination (Metro Creative Graphics Photo)
Kelowna City Hall. (File photo)

Benefits package will be available to new Kelowna city council

City staff still looking at compensation package for position of mayor

Kelowna City Hall. (File photo)
Hundreds of people gathered in solidarity for the people of Ukraine during a rally in Victoria, Feb. 27, 2022. The province announced April 25, Ukrainians fleeing to B.C. will receive health coverage immediately upon arrival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Ukrainians fleeing to B.C. will receive immediate health coverage

Community support groups say prescription drugs, mental health counselling needed

Hundreds of people gathered in solidarity for the people of Ukraine during a rally in Victoria, Feb. 27, 2022. The province announced April 25, Ukrainians fleeing to B.C. will receive health coverage immediately upon arrival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Ground broke on a Creekside Landing expansion project Friday, April 22, 2022. The project will add 90 long-term care beds, which are expected to be ready by June 2023. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Ground breaks on project to create 90 long-term care beds in Vernon

Creekside Landing expansion to bring new beds to Vernon seniors by June 2023

Ground broke on a Creekside Landing expansion project Friday, April 22, 2022. The project will add 90 long-term care beds, which are expected to be ready by June 2023. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
For the past 32 years, Tom Ratcliffe has served as a paramedic with B.C. Ambulance. Ratcliffe is retiring as unit chief of the Summerland branch, but will continue working as a paramedic. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland paramedic retires after 32 years of providing care

Tom Ratcliffe emphasises importance of compassion and empathy

For the past 32 years, Tom Ratcliffe has served as a paramedic with B.C. Ambulance. Ratcliffe is retiring as unit chief of the Summerland branch, but will continue working as a paramedic. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Interior Health workers have been notified of a potential strike (Submitted)

Possible strike looms over Interior Health, essential service planning underway

Unions in Interior Health attempting to reach an agreement

Interior Health workers have been notified of a potential strike (Submitted)
Noah Peppin, who has been seizure-free for nearly five years, with his mom and dad, Stephanie Vazquez and Mark Peppin. (Contributed photo)

B.C. boy at risk of life-threatening seizures ‘discharged’ from rescue-medication program

Noah Peppin hasn’t had a seizure in nearly five years, but will never be out of the woods: mom

Noah Peppin, who has been seizure-free for nearly five years, with his mom and dad, Stephanie Vazquez and Mark Peppin. (Contributed photo)
A GoFundMe campaign has begun to raise money for the parents of nine-month-old Logan Bishop of Abbotsford, who has so far had five open-heart surgeries and requires ongoing medical treatment.

5 surgeries at just 9 months old: Fundraiser launched for Abbotsford baby with heart condition

Logan Bishop, 9 months, has spent most of his life in hospital

A GoFundMe campaign has begun to raise money for the parents of nine-month-old Logan Bishop of Abbotsford, who has so far had five open-heart surgeries and requires ongoing medical treatment.
Health-care workers experienced COVID-driven burnout (File photo)

B.C. healthcare workers impacted by lack of mental health resources

The stress of COVID has contributed to the current hospital staffing crisis

Health-care workers experienced COVID-driven burnout (File photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix arrives to discuss details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a news conference in Victoria on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The incoming president of a group that represents orthopedic surgeons across British Columbia is questioning the health minister’s claims that nearly all surgeries that were cancelled in the first and later waves of the pandemic have been completed.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Patients in B.C. waiting too long for surgery, not being counted by province: doctor

The incoming leader of a group that represents surgeons across British Columbia…

Health Minister Adrian Dix arrives to discuss details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a news conference in Victoria on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The incoming president of a group that represents orthopedic surgeons across British Columbia is questioning the health minister’s claims that nearly all surgeries that were cancelled in the first and later waves of the pandemic have been completed.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
NDP MP Don Davies speaks during a news conference on blood plasma clinics in Ottawa, Tuesday, November 15, 2016. NDP health critic Don Davies says he expects the Liberals to make good its promise to deliver national pharmacare, but perhaps not all at once. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NDP expects phased-in approach to national pharmacare promise in deal with Liberals

Liberals have promised the NDP to pass a Canada Pharmacare Act by the end of next year

NDP MP Don Davies speaks during a news conference on blood plasma clinics in Ottawa, Tuesday, November 15, 2016. NDP health critic Don Davies says he expects the Liberals to make good its promise to deliver national pharmacare, but perhaps not all at once. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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)
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
A group of cheerful leprechauns spread some love for healthcare workers on St. Patrick’s Day, May 17. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

St. Patrick’s Day surprise greets Vernon hospital staff

Leprechauns share love for healthcare workers at shift change

A group of cheerful leprechauns spread some love for healthcare workers on St. Patrick’s Day, May 17. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Crystal Head, of Vernon, was Interior Health's first nurse prescriber. (Photo submitted)

Vernon nurses among the first to tackle ‘toxic drug crisis’

IH nurse prescribers have written more than 450 prescriptions for Suboxone in past year

Crystal Head, of Vernon, was Interior Health's first nurse prescriber. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Poetic appreciation for Vernon healthcare

LETTER: Resident rhymes recent experience

Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)