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Residents rate health care in the North

What's working well and what needs improving in primary health care services across northern B.C. is revealed in a final report by Northern Health following its latest round of community consultations.

What's working well and what needs improving in primary health care services across northern B.C. is revealed in a final report by Northern Health following its latest round of community consultations.

The findings from the 2009 fall meetings shows northerners are most concerned about doctor shortages, waiting lists, and recruiting and retaining family doctors, specialists and other health professionals.

Participants showed high appreciation for the work being done by physicians and health staff, agreeing the care received is excellent by doctors, and in emergency, walk-in clinics and hospitals.

Those living with disease said support groups, home support and management of chronic disease is working well, but called for improvement in access to specialists, optometrists, education service funding as well as mental health and addictions services, supportive housing and communications between doctor and patients. Read more in The Citizen.

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