Agreement means more doctors for Metro Vancouver emergency rooms, province says

The B.C. government says a new agreement will allow physicians to provide more service in emergency rooms at 19 hospitals in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere in the province.

Minister of Health Kevin Falcon and B.C. Medical Association president Ian Gillespie announced the deal today (July 14).

The provincial government says an additional $12 million will bring to $146 million the total investment for doctor services over the next two years at the contracted hospitals.

The funds will allow for 10.6 new full-time equivalent positions and 17,800 hours of service annually, according to the government.

In Vancouver, the contracted hospitals include: B.C. Children’s, Mount Saint Joseph, St. Paul’s, University of B.C., and Vancouver General.

Elsewhere in Metro Vancouver they include: Delta, Eagle Ridge, Lions Gate, Richmond General, and Royal Columbian.