Activists press health authority to consult

Seniors and health workers from HEU and the BCGEU stood up for public health care today at a lunch hour rally in front of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority offices. Speakers not only outlined the health care cuts and changes and their impacts but also called on the health authority to conduct comprehensive consultations with the public and to open up board meetings so that the decision-making process is transparent.

The rally began shortly after more than a dozen activists occupied the VCHA offices to emphasize the call for public consultation and accountable decision-making before the health authority continues with any further initiatives and to demand a stop to health care privatization and long-term care facility closures.

In recent months, the health authority has moved to close long-term care beds, contract out vital health support services and allow private, for-profit initiatives into health care — including a new sub-acute care facility in Richmond.