HSA speaks out on government's broken promise to protect health care services
In an intensive province-wide radio campaign, HSA blows the whistle on the cuts to health services - including the reduction of more than 10,000 MRI scans in the
"Before the election, the Liberal government promised there would be no cuts to health care despite BC's failing economy," HSA
"It's clear that the impact on patients is severe. Seniors, the mentally ill, and those with addictions issues are hardest hit, but with dramatic MRI reductions and some 10,000 elective surgeries cancelled, everyone will feel the impact," he said.
Johnson said the cuts appear to sacrifice long-term cost control in favour of temporary, short-term gains, undermining government claims to fiscal responsibility.
"Just because you aren't diagnosed, doesn't mean you're not sick. The longer it takes to get a diagnosis, chances are you will be sicker and require more complex and expensive treatment and rehabilitation. The success of our health care system relies on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation services and the highly skilled health science professionals who deliver them," Johnson said.
"HSA members care for patients every day. Our members take their commitment to protecting quality health care seriously. We're blowing the whistle on the government's claim that they are protecting health care services," Johnson said.For further information: Miriam Sobrino, (604) 439-0994 or (604) 328-2886