B.C. Anesthesiologists Take On Authorities

B.C. Anesthesiologists Take On Authorities

B. C. anesthesiologists have recently threatened the concerned authorities of withdrawing services from next April onwards in a protest of alleged issues that are presently running around patient care following which, professionals have also got worried that the action could cancel the elective surgeries scheduled ahead.

The B. C. Anesthesiologists' Society has followed its side of new recommendations by saying that the number of doctors for service is very less and also, the society is unhappy with the present lack of fee agreement with the province, and both the reasons have contributed big to enable the society take its decision of protesting.

There were earlier reports that the B. C. government has committed approx $2.5 million to help and support round-the-clock obstetrical anesthesia services to the patients and it is only after few hours of this commitment that the above announcement has come.

The health ministry has clearly mentioned in its statement that the extra funding announced for the support to Victoria General, Royal Columbian and Surrey Memorial hospitals will be entirely spent from the unspent tax dollars as per the current Physician Master Agreement signed with the B. C. Medical Association.

Moreover, the additional funding will also help the authorities to hire professional services and make sure that at least one anesthesiologist is always present on the site to efficiently handle high-risk deliveries at three hospitals, thereby matching the dedicated obstetrical anesthesiology services that are presently available at B. C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre.

Health Minister Mr. Mike de Jong attacked the move and said that "I'm disappointed. I think that what is essentially taking place here is a contractual dispute, a desire for more money. To threaten to hold, not just other physicians but patients themselves, hostage to those demands in this way I think is inappropriate and unprofessional”.

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