Sponsors: Village of Burns Lake
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse
WHEREAS the attraction and retention of sufficient medical doctors is an ongoing issue for rural BC communities;
AND WHEREAS nurse practitioners provide an excellent means of supporting doctors in meeting the needs of those seeking medical care and allowing physicians to focus on more complex and challenging patient health complaints:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request that the province of BC provide additional funding for nurse practitioners in rural communities and support their implementation throughout the province.
The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2015-B70, which asked the provincial government to fund overhead and operating costs for nurse practitioners throughout the province, in order to support the efficacy of this form of primary health care delivery.
In response to the resolution, the Province expressed intent to review incentive programs for non-physician health professionals, such as nurse practitioners, in order to better support rural recruitment and retention.