Community health centre cuts will lead to higher costs, worse care, patients without GPs

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VANCOUVER – Thousands of patients will lose their family doctor and receive lower quality care, while the health system will incur increased costs if primary care programs are cut at community health centres in Vancouver, say the B.C. New Democrats.

“It makes no sense to cut successful programs that provide primary, preventive care to thousands of Vancouver residents, many of whom are high risk” said Dix. “Thousands of patients will lose their family doctor, adding to the 100,000 Vancouver residents already searching for one.”

“Our health system will spend more money to deliver worse care, as emergency room and walk in clinic visits and hospitalizations replace a preventive approach to care,” said New Democrat health critic Judy Darcy. “Increased costs are simply being shifted from one part of the system to another; it’s bad for patients and it’s bad for taxpayers.

At least three and maybe more community health centres are slated to lose their primary, preventive care programs, as those services are consolidated into the Raven Song centre. Only five per cent of patients, who will have to travel much greater distances, will be eligible for the services provided by Raven Song. The affected health centres include South, Pacific Spirit and Evergreen.

“In addition, major cuts at the Mid-Main community health centre could result in the loss of diabetes prevention and chronic disease management programs there,” said Darcy. These programs are cost-effective and save money for the health system by reducing the number of patients who are forced to make hospital visits.

“These are short-sighted decisions that go against the volumes of evidence that shifting patients to stable, preventive primary care results in lower costs and better health outcomes.”

Darcy added that the Mid-Main Community Health Centre is having its budget slashed and will be forced to lay off one nurse practitioner and multiple medical office assistants. The cuts to the Mid-Main Community Health Centre will place programs for patients with chronic conditions and frail seniors in serious jeopardy.

Honouring Local Community Members

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On February 6, 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. This is an historic occasion marked only once before, by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897.

To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to duty, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the issuance of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a visible way to recognize outstanding Canadians.

These medals provide an opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and to our country. Members of the Legislative Assembly were given the honour of bestowing the awards to four members of their communities.

Adrian Dix is honoured to present a medal to Kate Perkins, the long serving President of and advocate for the Trout Lake Community Centre, Ann Wong, an active parent with and vocal advocate for the successful Save Our Schools Campaign, Yee Ching Hoo, a dedicated volunteer at the Collingwood Neighborhood House and Bobbi Senft, a woman whose family has lived in our community for three generations, whose volunteer contributions have helped preserve our knowledge of and appreciation for its heritage.

Congratulations!

New Office Schedule: support available in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Vietnamese

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Great news! Que Tran Hoang has returned from her maternity leave, once again providing constituency support through our office in the Vietnamese language.

From November 26th 2012 through to April 12th 2013, our office will have three Constituency Assistants in the office, with language support as follows:

Mon, Tues, Wed: Que Tran Hoang (Vietnamese & English)

Thurs (and Fri, by appointment): Idy Leung: (Cantonese, Mandarin, & English)

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur (and Fri, by appointment):  Amanda van Baarsen (English)

Feel free to call to schedule an appointment (604-660-0314), or just drop by!

Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Recipients!

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Every year Adrian is honoured to present a scholarship to outstanding graduates of Vancouver-Kingsway’s two secondary schools: Gladstone and Windermere.

From Gladstone, the awards went to Annet Yanken and Pauline Young.

Annet is planning to study sciences at SFU or UBC next fall to become a doctor and has been nominated to receive a SFU entrance scholarship. Annet has been on the honour roll consistently since grade 8 and has also been on the Principal’s List. She is graduating a year early from the mini school program with a 92% average.  During her time at Gladstone she has been involved in the badminton club, interact club, the high school mentorship program and has coached basketball at Beaconsfield. Her hard work and dedication will serve her well. Annet is also this year’s recipient of the Adrian Dix award.

Pauline is planning to attend UBC where she has been admitted to the faculty of science. In the past five years, Pauline has contributed countless hours to the school and community. She has been involved with leadership, grad committee, interact club, mentors, lighting crew, managed the basketball and volleyball, and played on the basketball team. In the community she has given time to support various elementary afterschool programs, the BC Wheelchair rugby tournament, Dhalco Learning Center and the Vancouver Chinese Pentecostal Church. She has found the time to do this while also a constant presence on the honour roll and principal’s list boasting a remarkable 95% average. We are thrilled to present Pauline with the Adrian Dix Award and wish her much success in the future.

From Windermere, the scholarship was awarded to Edrick Dudang. Edrick took every Senior Social Studies courses and has a strong passion for social justice issues. Edrick watches the daily news every day, is up to date on both Canadian and American current events, and plans to pursue a career in politics or journalism. Congratulations, Edrick!

Free Public Access Computer

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Over the past year I have met with several constituents who have expressed difficulty accessing a computer, necessary for social assistance applications, BC Housing files, resume creation, and so much more. As such, I have set up a public computer in the constituency office with quick links to Ministry websites, government services, and community resources.

All constituents are welcome to drop by during our office hours (Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm or on Friday by appointment). My Constituency Assistants are happy to help with any difficulty.