State of BC Health - January 2022

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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition


CAMPAIGN

BC’s crisis lines will be staying in the hands of not-for-profit and experienced service providers.

BC Health Coalition members know too well that Request For Proposal (RFP) processes run a high risk of contracting out public and non-profit services to private, for-profit, companies. So in the fall when the BC government released a Notice to Vendor announcing the Province’s intention to put crisis line services to competitive bid, our coalition mobilized to save these lifesaving services at a time when demand is at an all-time high.

Working alongside the BC Crisis Line Network, our voices reached Members of the Legislative Assembly, and we earned support from several cabinet ministers. On January 3rd, the BC Crisis Line Network was advised that the Province will be issuing... a Call for Offers directly to existing service providers, ensuring that crisis line services will remain a crucial part of the non-profit sector. When we come together, we win.

Special Thanks to: BC Federation of Students, British Columbia General Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees 8911, the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of BC, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Health Sciences Association, MOSAIC, REACH Community Health Centre, BoardVoice and all the members of the Anti-Privatization working group. READ MORE


CAMPAIGN

The Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity and Sanctuary Health sent an open letter to the BC government, calling to immediately end the costly and discriminatory policy that requires new immigrants to BC to wait three months for health insurance. The letter, signed by advocacy groups, such as the BC Health Coalition, unions and community service organizations, is based on a growing body of research that shows the policy disproportionately harms immigrant women and their children, and violates their human rights. The letter follows a petition calling on the government to repeal the policy, which was signed by 400 individuals and groups.


UPDATE

Canadian Health Coalition members, along twenty allied organizations and public health care experts, have written to Prime Minister Trudeau and his key ministers, including Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, seeking urgent financing for a universal, single-payer public pharmacare program in the upcoming Fiscal Update and Budget 2022.


PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS & RESOURCES



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