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Residents raise the alarm over youth recovery house opening in East Vancouver neighbourhood (Providence Health Care)

Renfrew Heights residents says they are outraged about a plan to put a recovery house in their quiet neighbourhood.

Vaughn Palmer: Health Ministry boondoggle defies resolution

Any time the B.C. Liberals are challenged over those botched firings in the Health Ministry, they cite concerns about a serious breach of privacy regarding confidential medical information of thousands of British Columbians.

“Let me remind the house that the ministry was dealing with a number of very real and ongoing privacy breaches,” said Health Minister Terry Lake when under fire from the Opposition side earlier this month. “That included the misuse of personal information, confidential medical information, of over 30,000 British Columbians.”

Province spent $181 million on health workers’ overtime last year

B.C. spent $181 million in overtime for health workers in 2013, a sector in which unions have raised concerns about understaffing for years.

The health care system has, for too long, been run on the backs of employees like nurses who work long hours, too many days in a row, charged Gayle Duteil, president of the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

“The system is running on overtime,” said Duteil. “We are now talking about normalizing the abnormal.”

Lori Culbert and Rob Shaw report

First Nations Health Authority appoints new chief medical officer for B.C.

The First Nations Health Authority has selected one of B.C.’s deputy provincial health officers as its new chief medical officer.

Dr. Evan Adams, a member of the Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation, will assume the position on December 1.

The health authority said Adams will work with government partners on health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.

Tiffany Crawford reports

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Nanaimo man makes full recovery after receiving kidney from wife (St. Paul's Hospital)

Earlier this year, Terry Picard discovered the kidney donor he desperately needed had been right next to him for over 30 years.

This is Vancouver's most awesome doctor in 2014 (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Montaner has been a tireless advocate for improving the efficacy and accessibility of HIV treatment and care.

Squamish nun breathes easier after aortic valve replaced while she's wide-awake (St. Paul's Hospital)

Sister Theresa Stickley felt exhausted and out of breath as she walked the halls of the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish.

Cutting edge valve replacement (St. Paul's Hospital)

An 83-year-old woman's heart valve replacement only took 30 minutes Monday, and she was awake the whole time.

Investigation underway after B.C. child exposed to HIV risk during vaccination

The Northern Health Authority is investigating after a young girl was potentially exposed to HIV during a routine vaccination in Fort St. James.

The six-year-old girl’s father told a Prince George radio station that the needle accidentally went right through his daughter’s arm and punctured the nurse’s hand.

“There was blood exchanged as that needle was then drawn back through the child’s skin,” the radio report said.

Tiffany Crawford reports

Vancouver hospital demonstrates how to deliver psychological first aid during a major crisis (Dr. Suja Srikameswaran)

In a Code Orange — where mass casualties arise from an earthquake, shipping accident, plane crash, terrorist attack, bridge collapse or other disaster — hospital emergency-response planners expect those with extreme psychological distress may outnumber the physically injured by as much as four to one.

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