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Times Colonist logo
October 3, 2022

Radiologists are the latest group of specialists to ring alarm bells with the province as an estimated one million patients wait to see a specialist in BC.

Doctors of BC said it shares the specialists’ concerns. “Patients who wait — sometimes years — for specialist care often see their conditions worsen while being in unbearable pain,” president Ramneek Dosanjh said in a statement.

Dosanjh called the situation “unacceptable” and said doctors are facing “huge moral distress” because they are unable to help.

CBC News
September 19, 2022

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, CBC Vancouver hosted a virtual town hall, featuring panelists including Dr Rita McCracken, BC Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr Ramneek Dosanjh, president of Doctors of BC. Recruitment and retention of those who choose health-care is part of the puzzle. Dosanjh said those training to work in health-care are already concerned about burnout before they even enter the profession. "They do have some fears about the increasing risk, increasing cost of business and how to set up practice in a healthy way to ensure they don't burn out," she said.

Vancouver Sun
August 30, 2022

In a province where almost a million people are without a family doctor, some believe pharmacists could play an important role in taking pressure off the primary care system if they were given the ability to prescribe medication for minor ailments. Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh, president of Doctors of B.C., said expanding the powers available to pharmacists is not the best way to support family doctors. “Prescribing and giving other options at this time is not the way to do things,” she said at the news conference Thursday. “We have a crumbling foundation of our primary care system. And that is what we need to support.” 

Coast Reporter logo
August 30, 2022

Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh, the president of Doctors of B.C., told Coast Reporter the funding averages to about $27,000 per physician. She said the timing is critical “because of the panic and the alarm bells kind of ringing off from every community.” One of those alarm bells began ringing on Aug. 13, when 16 family physicians on the Sunshine Coast signed their names to a letter calling on the province for more funding and space for their family practices. The funding announcement on Aug. 24 came less than two weeks later. 

Times Colonist logo
August 25, 2022

About 70 per cent of family doctors in private practice and medical clinics in B.C. can access $118 million in temporary funding this fall to help with operational costs, the province and Doctors of B.C. announced in Vancouver on Wednesday. Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh, president of Doctors of B.C., said it’s an important first step to help doctors keep their practices open “until we can develop a new payment model” to retain and recruit doctors. Dosanjh said Doctors of B.C. has heard from physicians that the interim funding is a much-needed step to stop “the bleeding … we cannot allow clinic closures to continue at the rate they have been.” 

CTV News
August 16, 2022

CTV News

The family doctor crisis in B.C. is growing as locals become increasingly concerned about their ability to access primary care. About 20 per cent of people in B.C. don't have a doctor and Dr. Josh Greggain from Doctors of B.C. told CTV Morning Live Monday primary care in the province isn't "adequately serviced right now." Greggain said he's hearing two main things from his colleagues in the field.

"The first one is people are burnt out, tired, it's the long pandemic," he said.

The Globe and Mail
August 14, 2022

The Globe and Mail

More Canadian seniors are finding themselves without a family doctor amid a shortage of primary-care physicians, compelling some older adults to seek private support as advocates highlight serious health consequences. Josh Greggain, Doctors of BC’s president-elect, said family doctors in the province have the ability to decide who they will accept as patients. “This may be based on a number of factors – such as how close they are to capacity, the nature of their existing panel (some may have very high number of complex care patients), and/or to protect their own health and well-being if they are carrying a large patient panel and are struggling to keep up with the workload,” he said in a statement.

CTV News
August 10, 2022

CTV News

There's a new way for pregnant residents in the Tri-Cities to find a primary care provider that's right for them. Last month, an up-to-date online search engine was launched by Pathways Medical Care Directory for expected mothers in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra seeking pregnancy and maternity care in the region. Doctors of BC president Dr Ramneek Dosanjh believes the new digital portal allows for resources and information that's easy to find for anyone at any stage of pregnancy.

CTV News
August 9, 2022

CTV News

Patients and doctors alike are feeling the effects of a turbulent health-care system, where clinic closures have BC's physicians weighing their options as their orphaned patients plead to be seen by a shrinking number of general practitioners. On Monday, Doctors of BC updated their members on negotiations with the province, describing twice-weekly meetings to discuss a range of grievances by the province’s physicians. Their president acknowledged that compensation is at the top of their list, particularly at a time inflation is causing the costs of running their practices to skyrocket even further.

CityNews
August 4, 2022

CityNews

Negotiations between the B.C. government and doctors continue to drag on amid a severe shortage of family physicians in the province, and neither side is really saying if they’re any closer to a solution. “It’s sad that we have to see that our healthcare system is in such crisis. We’re seeing our staffing shortages, our ER closures, we’re hearing on a daily basis our patients are suffering. No patient should have to suffer.” said (Dr Ramneek) Dosanjh.

CFAX 1070
August 3, 2022

CFAX 1070

Doctors of BC President Dr Ramneek Dosanjh says it’s “devastating we've reached a state in health care where someone had to take out a newspaper ad to find a family doctor. Dosanjh says the situation needs to be urgently remedied through collaborative work to find solutions that are long lasting and substantive.

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The Globe and Mail
August 2, 2022

The Globe and Mail

A Victoria-area senior will likely have a family physician soon, but only after his desperate wife bought a newspaper classified ad to beg for help. Dr Ramneek Dosanjh, president of Doctors of BC, said physicians are disheartened at the state of health care in B.C. and understand why people take desperate measures to find family doctors.

Vancouver Sun
July 22, 2022

Vancouver Sun

This crisis in the primary care system began before COVID-19, and there is no one simple solution, said Doctors of B.C. president-elect Dr. Josh Greggain. For example, hospitals need more nurses, doctors and allied health workers, and more long-term care beds are required to move stable elderly patients out of hospitals to ease long waits in emergency rooms.

CBC News
July 20, 2022

CBC News

"Family doctors have the ability to build a long-term, lasting relationship, so they get to know you and how your body works," said Doctors of B.C. president Ramneek Dosanjh. "Patients have the ability to talk with their family doctor about anything that concerns them, especially if they have that long-term, trusted relationship." "Virtual care can be a mutually beneficial way for family doctors to see patients," she added. "But it must be made clear that virtual care is an adjunct to in-person care, not a replacement for it.