Rural Health Care



Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships


WHEREAS the state of healthcare in small communities is being continually eroded with services being reduced and eliminated;

AND WHEREAS attracting doctors and medical professionals to practice in rural areas of BC continues to be an ongoing challenge in rural areas of the Province:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM request that Northern Health work with Universities and communities to encourage graduates of the medical programs to practice and stay in rural areas of British Columbia.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions addressing health care needs in small communities, including:

•             ensuring that doctors and other medical services are adequately provided to all residents in every community of British Columbia (2010-B43)

•             ensuring there is accessible, timely and necessary health care services in BC (2002-B92)

•             requiring resources and permission for local physicians to perform minor operating procedures in remote rural hospitals (2006-B154)

•             increasing funding for universities and other medical training facilities to train a greater number of graduates, in order to address a shortage of medical personnel available to attend to the health care needs of BC residents (2008-B49)

•             removing obstacles for foreign trained doctors and health professionals who are willing to work in BC (2009-B148; 2000-A4)

•             requiring that general practitioners can meet the needs of rural Canadians, such as proficiency in surgery, anesthesia and obstetrics (2010-B112)

•             directing sufficient resources to meet the response time criteria to ensure that citizens of this province have access to timely high quality care during medical emergencies (2010-B45)

•             restoration of funding to the BC Ambulance Service so that citizens could expect a timely response from qualified personnel throughout the province (2007-B50)