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CBC Radio interviews PIVOT legal lawyer Douglas King about PHC's heroin case

Pivot legal lawyer Douglas King speaks to host Stephen Quinn about asking B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to a group of five people access to prescription heroin.

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PIVOT fighting for right to use heroin-assisted treatment

The PIVOT legal society is fighting today to overturn a federal decision making it illegal for patients in life or death situations to have access to heroin-assisted treatment.

It wants its clients to continue to access the treatment as part of the SALOME study.

“Ideology should not be a ruling policy in this case; we need to be looking to what’s in the best interests of our clients’ health and the best interests of society,” says Douglas King with PIVOT.

Anita Bathe Reports

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week, arguing five patients should be allowed access to prescription heroin to manage their addictions despite recent changes to federal laws.

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Victoria AIDS centre to close its doors Monday

Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS) is permanently closing its doors March 31, thanks to a new harm reduction model by the region's health authority.

Since 1991, VARCS has provided respite and community support services to people living with HIV/AIDS through contract funding from Island Health. Last year, VARCS received $165,000 for it work, which includes a region-wide needle exchange program.

B.C. hopes to ease jail crowding by hiking salaries of forensic psychiatrists to attract more doctors

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , Times Colonist

The B.C. government is trying to ease a psychiatric care crisis in correctional facilities by offering to increase the salaries of forensic psychiatrists, Health Minister Terry Lake said Monday.

A severe shortage of forensic psychiatrists and beds at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam has resulted in mentally ill people languishing in jail instead of being treated at the hospital.

Waiting times cost B.C. patients $155.5 million last year: Fraser Institute study

Photo: Arlen Redekop , PNG

Waiting for medically necessary surgeries cost British Columbian patients about $155.5 million in lost time last year, a Fraser Institute economist claims in a new study.

It estimates that the total cost to Canadian patients of waiting for treatment after seeing a specialist was $1.1 billion in 2013, up from $982 million in 2012. Quebec had the highest cost at $267.7 million.

Author Nadeem Esmail said the report explores a consequence of waiting for care that Canadians don’t often consider.

BETHANY LINDSAY Reports

B.C. addicts in court fighting federal ban on prescription heroin

VANCOUVER - A group of chronic drug addicts are asking a Vancouver judge for an injunction against the federal government that would allow them access to prescription heroin until the court hears their legal challenge of the law.

Prescription heroin fight reaches B.C. courts

A local health authority and a legal rights group take their fight to court Tuesday to keep a heroin program alive after the federal government cracked down on doctors prescribing hard drugs.

Providence Health Care and the Pivot Legal Society are pushing for an injunction that would allow the former to maintain its SALOME treatment program that was serving more than 200 people.

Douglas King of Pivot said that since the federal government imposed changes last year, recovering addicts exiting the treatment portion have been unable to continue taking the clinical heroin.

PHC Director Yoel Robens-Paradise comments on MModal bankruptcy

Transcript Story: Terry Bell from CKNW and Yoel Robens-Paradise from Providence Health Care discuss MModal bankruptcy.

Terry Bell: Providence Health Care is saying “not so fast” to the Hospital Employees' Union as it raises concerns over a contractor filing for bankruptcy protection in the US. PHC executive director Yoel Robens-Paradise says there will be no disruption of medical transcription services on this side of the border.

PHC Director comments on bankruptcy filing regarding BC medical records

The Hospital Employees Union says a company hired by Providence Health Care to contract out medical transcription work has gone bankrupt in the U-S.

HEU spokesperson Mike Old says the bankruptcy is concerning for medical transcription services in the Health Authority.

Old says it is also concerning when you consider patient’s privacy.

Shane Woodford Reports

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