Sponsors: Village of Fraser Lake
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership
Whereas the residents of rural communities require access to timely and professional emergency health care services to ensure their health and safety;
And whereas many rural communities lack after hour access to medical clinics or hospitals in their communities;
And whereas BC Emergency Health Services teams are relied upon to provide consistent and timely response to emergency health events, yet many rural BC Emergency Health Services teams are understaffed:
Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province of British Columbia and BC Emergency Health Services to increase budgets, develop policies and evaluate hiring practices to ensure residents of rural communities have timely and reliable emergency health care services.
The Committee notes that the membership has consistently endorsed resolutions that have called on the provincial government to provide increased funding and innovative service and support models for rural and remote health care delivery (2017-B43, 2017-B135, 2016-B44, 2016-B124, 2014-B130, 2013-B43, 2013- B44, 2013-B45, 2013-B46, 2013-B47, 2012-B38, 2012-B39, 2012-B91, 2012-B93, 2012-B103, 2011-B60, 2011-B61, 2010-B43, 2010-B44, 2010-B112, 2009-B148, 2008-B49, 2006-B48, 2006-B50, 2006-B154, 2006- B156, 2005-B146).
Specifically, resolution 2016-B17 asked the provincial government to provide budget funds that provide for a sustainable, continued source of funding to first responder agencies throughout the Province.