VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s doctors have voted in favour of accepting a new five-year agreement with the provincial government.
The new agreement respects government’s bargaining mandate while working to improve health-care services for British Columbians.
“The ratification of this agreement is another step forward in our continued work to collaborate with doctors on improving health-care services for patients,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Over the next five years, this agreement will help to enhance the health-care areas that matter most to B.C. families.”
The new agreement includes provisions to help address some of B.C.’s most pressing healthcare challenges, as identified in the ministry’s strategic plan, Setting Priorities for the BC Health Care System. Funding from the agreement will target increasing access to primary care services and improving care in rural and remote communities. The agreement also allows for more collaboration with specialists on how we can improve access to surgical services.
“We are pleased that our membership has voted in support of this agreement,” said Dr. Bill Cavers, president of Doctors of BC. “In addition to new funding for key areas of concern for doctors, the agreement provides us with five years of stability during which we can work with our partners to lead in bringing innovative change to the health-care system — change that will benefit patients.”
The agreement runs until March 31, 2019, and covers approximately 10,000 specialists and family physicians in the province.