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BCNU says partnering with private clinics wrong move for Island Health

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The BC Nurses Union says Island Health’s decision to send some day-surgery cases to private clinics to cut wait times won’t work.

The Health Authority says partnering with private clinics is an efficient, cost-effective and safe way to get more surgeries done on time.

But the BCNU says they they think private clinics will end up poaching staff from the public system.

Adrian Gear is one of the Union’s Island co-chairs. She says the region is already short of OR nurses.

The Union says Island Health could easily do more surgeries at its own facilities, instead of outsourcing the work.

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President Gayle Duteil says, “Island Health can reduce wait lists by innovating and finding ways to make better use of space within publicly funded facilities. Instead, the health authority is spending taxpayers’ dollars to help expand private clinics and increase their profits.”

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