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Bepple wrong on nurse practitioner stats

September 1, 2016 10:52 A.M.
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I am writing in response to your Aug. 30, 2016 article, “Bepple zeroes in on poverty, GP shortage.”

Nurse practitioners play an important role in helping to meet the growing need for primary and community health care in British Columbia. While Bepple is cited as saying there is only one nurse practitioner practicing in the province, in fact there are 397 practicing nurse practitioners in B.C. and B.C. schools have the ability to train up to 45 nurse practitioners per year.

We continue to work together with nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, physicians and health authorities, communities and the first nations to ensure nurse practitioners are an effective part of our health care system. This includes legislation introduced in 2014 further integrating nurse practitioners into the health system by eliminating barriers, providing them with greater opportunities to meet their patient's needs.

An effective primary care system is more than simply connecting doctor and patient; it is about doing things differently to better meet all patient health needs, within a more integrated system. Building on the successes of A GP for Me, the ministry, doctors and health authorities are now implementing an integrated, interdisciplinary primary care strategy. Nurse practitioners will be important team members in this strategy, alongside other health care professionals, working as part of a team to better meet patient needs.

TERRY LAKE

Minister of Health

yuri says:
September 2, 2016 03:12am

Awesome letter. NP's under utilized in this country but that seems to be changing.

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David Johnson says:
September 1, 2016 09:49pm

Ya, I read that the other day as well, but assumed it was either a media Typo error, or her intending to say that there was only 1 NP in Kamloops ... even though that's wrong too.

I am also slightly concerned that someone who needed an extended time away from City Council for medical reasons, is running for an office that will be even more stressful and time intensive.

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ted guthrie says:
September 1, 2016 09:25pm

I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for a number of years now in Kamloops, and she is doing a far better job managing my health than any doctor I have ever seen in my life, other than one I met in Mexico. These people need more recognition for the work they are doing in our communities.

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Ernie beadke says:
September 1, 2016 02:41pm

terry thank you for ckarifying this and giving us the facts
Bepple should get her facts straight before she continues down the path of the usual NDP attacks without any firm of credibility , this does not bode well for her campaign not her party

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