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Reminder – Tentative Physicians and Surgeons’ WorkSafeBC Services Agreement webinar

Join us tonight from 7:00pm – 8:00pm as Doctors of BC’s Chief Negotiator, Paul Straszak, discusses the tentative Physicians and Surgeons’ WorkSafeBC Services Agreement and answers your questions with Dr Elliott Weiss, Chair of WorkSafe Negotiations committee, and Rob Hulyk, Director of Advocacy for Doctors of BC. Highlights of the tentative settlement can be found here and a Memorandum […]

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More B.C. health-care workers declining flu shots, data shows

Vancouver is Awesome From 2019 to 2023, the rate of influenza immunization among health-care workers in acute care settings, such as hospitals, has declined from an all-time high of 78 per cent to only 49 per cent. The reported rate for long-term care staff, dealing with vulnerable seniors, has declined from 73 per cent to just […]

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B.C. extends free HPV vaccines eligibility to men born in 2005

Times Colonist British Columbia is extending eligibility for free vaccines against the human papillomavirus to men born in 2005. The province says it will send out notices on Tuesday from its “Get Vaccinated” system to about 23,000 men born from January to June 2005, advising them to get the free immunizations by June 30. Free […]

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Saddest day of the year’ may be a myth, but experts say winter blues are real

CTV News The first calendar month is widely known for being a difficult time of year. But self-styled “psychologist, coach and speaker” Cliff Arnall took the concept even further in 2005 when he declared the third Monday in January “Blue Monday” — the so-called saddest day of the year. Arnall claimed to have developed his […]

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Federal government to provide funding to speed up credentialing of 6,600 internationally educated health professionals

CTV News The federal government has announced it will provide up to $86 million in funding to 15 organizations across Canada focused on increasing the amount of internationally educated health-care workers who are credentialed to work in Canada. “Honouring the professional credentials of newcomers is a compassionate and effective component of expanding Canada’s workforce,” Minister of Employment Randy Boissonnault said in the release. “The Foreign Credentials […]

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Here’s how a ‘little saliva’ could detect Stage 1 cancer

CTV News Researchers believe that analyzing the sugar in people’s saliva could — in the future — help them detect Stage 1 cancers. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have developed a method for detecting the changes in sugar molecules using artificial intelligence (AI) that could indicate cancer. The molecules are called glycans, and they […]

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  • December 19, 2023

First Steps Early Pregnancy Triage clinic facing funding uncertainty when grant money runs out

CFJC Today A Kamloops-based prenatal clinic that recently opened in September is hoping to keep its doors open, but its future is uncertain. Joanna Norman is the head of midwifery at Royal Inland Hospital, and the clinic lead for First Steps Early Pregnancy Triage Clinic, and says the clinic has made an immediate impact to Kamloops […]

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  • December 19, 2023

Drug users and advocates issue a warning about xylazine

The Tyee It took only one puff of drugs cut with xylazine to knock the tall, solidly built William Bernier out for an hour. Bernier, who didn’t know he was taking xylazine, was alarmed by the sudden powerful rush despite having more than a decade’s worth of experience using drugs. First, he felt like he couldn’t […]

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Surrey Memorial Hospital considering leased housing, including hotels, to ease overcrowding

CBC News The health authority that oversees one of BC’s busiest hospitals is looking at leasing transitional housing for patients who no longer need urgent care, hoping that moving those patients off-site will reduce the overcrowding that’s plagued the hospital for months. Fraser Health said on Tuesday that the housing would be for patients who don’t […]

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