Dear members and prospective members:
Over the winter, cSBC has continued to be vigorously active advocating for Specialists, our practice environment, the challenges we face, and for our patients. Please read on for updates on the multiple issues we’ve been tracking and working on.
Since cSBC highlighted the Specialist waitlist crisis in the media in September, we have been in regular meetings with the Deputy Minister of Health to find a path forward to address these significant Specialist Care challenges and inequities. These talks are ongoing, led jointly by cSBC and Doctors of BC. Progress has been slow thus far but is being made. Our last meeting saw increasing commitment from government to work collaboratively to address our overwhelming waitlists, acknowledgement of the Specialist burden of administration and indirect patient care, and interest in improved efficiencies of care delivery that may be achieved through integration of physician extenders into Specialist Care. We continue to meet regularly and will provide updates as we progress.
This collective advocacy, on behalf of all Specialist sections and individual Specialists, is critical to addressing the many shared challenges faced in Specialty Care. It is imperative that cSBC continue to grow and thrive, supported by everyone who benefits from the work that this organization does. Without strong collective advocacy, Specialists will fall behind and we and our patients will suffer. To members, thank you for your membership and financial support of the organization working for you. Please forward this letter to your colleagues and encourage them to join cSBC if they have not already. And if you’re receiving this update and are not a member, please join:
Go to https://doctorsofbc.ca/account/sections Scroll down to Consultant Specialists of BC, click on the + sign, check the box for regular $450; first-year practice/disabled/parental leave $225; OR student/resident/retired free. Click the JOIN SELECTED SECTIONS AND SOCIETIES button to pay. Thank you!
Not sure if you’ve joined this year? Drop our Executive Director a line to check.
On April 27, I will be handing over the leadership of cSBC to Dr Dana Wong. Dr Wong is an Otolaryngologist in Nanaimo. I have worked with her on multiple cSBC committees over the last three years and can attest that the organization is in excellent hands. Many thanks to all of you for your trust and support over the last two years.
Thank you for your interest and engagement,
Dr Chris Hoag
Dr Chris Hoag, President
phone: (604) 739-1334