Doctors of BC is strongly advocating on behalf of the profession and patients to address the crisis in primary care that is impacting both family doctors and specialists. As noted in our President and Board Chair’s Letter (login required), Doctors of BC’s board committed to greater transparency about how we are advocating for you, and to increase our public profile with a stronger tone and stance.
Last week, Doctors of BC played a major role in responding to the health minister’s comments about Nurse Practitioners at the legislature. Doctors of BC released a statement that was referenced in Question Period by the opposition health critic. We were also prominently mentioned in key media news items, including one on CTV and in the Times-Colonist. Our president also did a number of media interviews, including this one in the Vancouver Sun.
As members know, negotiations are underway for a new Physician Master Agreement. While the PMA discussions continue, Doctors of BC is also in talks with government – outside of the PMA – to specifically raise compensation challenges faced by our family physicians. While negotiations continue, the provisions in the current PMA remain in place – and will do so until a new agreement is ratified by member. Watch for more updates about negotiations in the coming weeks.
You told us you wanted your association to be more visible and to take a stronger public approach, and you told us you more transparency about our advocacy work. We heard you, and we thank you.
Watch for continuing updates and information on our advocacy work for both family doctors and specialists. Questions or comments? Email.