The BC NDP would set up a system of “urgent care centres” to address the problem of walk-in clinic wait times if the party forms the next government, the two Kamloops candidates said today (April 17, 2017).
Nancy Bepple and Barb Nederpel said the planned urgent care centres would be a team-based approach to health care, involving front-line providers including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental health workers and others.
“Whether waiting in line for a walk-in clinic or waiting for treatment in an emergency room, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have failed to meet the health needs of people in Kamloops,” said Nederpel, the NDP candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson.
“People in Kamloops who have no doctor are telling me this is the kind of action they expect from a John Horgan NDP government.”
Bepple, the candidate in Kamloops-South Thompson, said the clinics would be open evenings and weekends and could handle issues like broken bones, burns and other non-emergency care that walk-in clinics can’t.
“This is a great plan to tackle walk-in clinic waits, and relieve pressure on our emergency rooms.”
She said the plan is part of the NDP’s commitment to improve services. “Instead of Christy Clark’s tax breaks for the richest two per cent in B.C., we’ll put that money to work keeping people in Kamloops healthy and well over the long term.”
…. in Victoria, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver unveiled the party’s platform on economic reform. He said the platform consists of four planks: political finance reform, lobbying reform, electoral reform and transparency and accountability. It includes commitments to:
Establish a public watchdog to oversee government advertising and communications;
Prohibit cabinet ministers from engaging in partisan fundraising activities;
Impose a multi-year prohibition on lobbying for former senior public office holders;
Introduce proportional representation;
Ban corporate, union and out-of-province donations and place limits on individual contributions that are in-line with current federal limits;
Establish a Provincial Budget Officer to provide independent and objective analysis to the Legislative Assembly on the state of the province’s finances, the government’s estimates and economic trends.