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Acquisition Alert

Posted by Shaquille Pabani on June 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (13)

The Maple Group has acquired Happy Face Medical Clinic, a primary care facility in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The service provides care to the community via MSP covered GP visits with both walk-in and family practice.

Medical system's missing a link (Eve Edmonds / Richmond News)

Posted by Shaquille Pabani on May 10, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (60)

I have to second Zina Pinkhafik when she says it’s “a very sad day,” referring to the closure of her Seafair medical walk-in clinic.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been there for my family’s various calamities. When the dog bites (my daughter’s face and her eyes puff up), when the bee stings (and my son has a nasty allergic reaction), to paraphrase My Favourite Things, Seafair was where we went.

We have a family doctor, but a visit with her next week sometime does me little good when Little Miss has turned into a screaming banshee thanks to an ear infection.

We could race to emergency, but we would wait forever to be seen ­— and rightly so.

Even if my nerves are shot, and we’re rattling everyone else’s in the waiting area, my little banshee is not about to die, so we stay at the back of the line. Besides, a highly-trained, ER doctor, capable of cracking chests and stitching arteries is, shall we say, overkill when all we need are some antibiotics.

The owners of the Seafair clinic say they have to close because of a shortage of doctors. According to the Walk-In Clinics of BC Association, Seafair is one among a number of walk-in clinics throughout the province that have closed recently due to a doctor shortage and what they call an excess of “red tape.”

In particular, the association complains that the province has limited to 50 the number of patients for which a clinic doctor will be fully compensated. Fifty visits in a 7.5 hour day averages out to about nine minutes per visit.

Actually, that doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. What does boggle my mind, however, is the fact we’re missing this link in our health care services. Walk-in clinics are a critical part of the overall system, so how else to deal with the doctor shortage?

The association argues we need to train more and better compensate doctors. Perhaps, but I’d say we also need to think bigger.

I recently received an email from the BC Community Health Centre Association. (It’s election time so they’re looking for funding.)

Community Health Centres (CHC) provide walk-in health services, using a team of nurse practitioners, social workers — as well as doctors. It’s an integrated approach that aims to provide the right person for the job, so you don’t have ER doctors treating ear infections, or even a regular doctor treating addiction when a social worker might do it better for less. What’s important is they’re open when you need them.

There are about 10 CHCs throughout the Lower Mainland, but none in Richmond. I’m not sure why we’ve been left off the list, but with one less walk-in clinic to attend to our dog bites and bee stings, perhaps we should book an appointment to at least start the conversation.

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Funding, Staffing & the Bottom Line

Posted by Shaquille Pabani on July 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It is now just over 12 months since we published our ground-breaking piece of research on the shortage of nurses in the UK, “The UK Nursing Workforce – Crisis or Opportunity”. With frequent reference being made to a shortage of nurses in both the NHS and adult social care, a dramatic increase in agency use and escalating sta costs, we sought to place into context the true extent of the issues and the solutions available. Key headlines from our 2015 document included an estimated shortfall of 15,000 full-time equivalent nurses and the establishment of new industry sta cost benchmarks through our survey of 12 of the largest nursing home operators. On a positive note, we also drew attention to the innovative strategies being employed by leading care home operators to address the sta ng shortfalls. This new piece of research has been produced at a time when the sector is adjusting following the introduction of the new National Living Wage on 1 April 2016. With the vast majority of care homes reliant upon local authority funding, operators will only be able to o set the increase in cost if local authorities provide appropriate compensatory fee rate increases. Within this document, we seek to place the issues of funding and sta ng into context, assess what has changed in the last 12 months and provide answers to the pivotal questions around these crucial areas. Our research has leveraged the unique insight gained from our care sector specialists in each Christie & Co regional o ce. In addition, we have surveyed every local authority and nearly 200 operators, including specialist providers. As with last year’s research, we are also looking to provide insight into the potential changes for the industry ahead. With a number of policies currently being implemented and Brexit creating new uncertainties, we will examine the factors that will impact the industry over the coming years. We hope that you nd this piece of research to be informative and would like to express our thanks to all of the operators and other organisations who have contributed." target="_blank">