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BC Green leader embarks on health care tour

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BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau will tour the province this summer to speak to health care providers, advocates and patients about what she calls a publicly funded health care system. collapsing.

BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau will tour the province this summer to speak to health care providers, advocates and patients about what she calls a publicly funded health care system. collapsing.

The government should urgently renew the health care system, but instead continues to tell residents that everything is fine and doctors are struggling to be heard, Furstenau said from Vancouver.

“That’s why my colleague, Adam Olsen, and I are traveling across the province,” she said, “[to] amplify the voices of doctors, nurses, paramedics, researchers, advocates and citizens.

The Greens’ tour comes amid a wave of criticism as the province grapples with temporary hospital emergency department closures – as happened twice at Port McNeill Hospital last month last – and understaffed urgent and primary care clinics. Nearly one million British Columbians do not have a family doctor.

Meanwhile, the British Columbia Ministry of Health released an annual report for 2022 report on medical imaging which indicates that wait times for magnetic resonance imaging have been cut in half since 2016-2017. According to the department, the government has staffed the machines on evenings, weekends and holidays, and is operating the equivalent of 17 new MRI units in the province.

MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to assess neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiac and abdominal disorders and to stage cancers.

British Columbia’s Minister of Health said “we have invested in improving services for patients, adding new capacity and increasing examinations”.