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Candidates called to answer tough health care questions in election day lead up

BCHC members keeping candidates accountable on community health centres, seniors care and public solutions to waitlists

October 22, 2020 - Unceded Coast Salish Territories - Vancouver, BC

Days before election day, candidates from all three major provincial parties are answering targeted questions about universal access to health services.

Members of the BC Health Coalition (BCHC), a non partisan network of over 800,000 public health care defenders, are reaching out to candidates for their commitment to seniors care, Community Health Centres and public solutions to waitlists and surgical backlogs.

“These issues are front of mind for members of our coalition. British Columbians are getting candidates on the record, and we’ll be holding them accountable after election day,” says Ed Staples, a member of the steering committee of the BCHC.

“This grassroots work will be followed up on and we’ll be holding candidates accountable and making sure they follow through with their campaign talk.”

Specific questions candidates are being asked include how they plan to scale up proven public system improvements to deal with surgical backlogs and wait lists, their plans to implement standards for seniors care, as well as their commitment to supporting BC communities that want a Community Health Centre in their neighbourhood.

“We know it’s one thing to make commitments to public healthcare during an election campaign, but what matters is whether they will defend future challenges to public health care once election day is over.”

“British Columbians value public health care, and no party can afford to ignore that reality -- certainly not during these times when we are also contending with housing and the opioid crisis at the same time as COVID,” adds Staples.

The BC Health Coalition was founded in 1994 and works with people across the province to champion evidence-based improvements of our universal public health care system.

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For media inquiries contact:
Ishani Weera, Campaigner with the BC Health Coalition at 604-349-9079 or ishani@bchealthcoalition.ca

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