Fort Nelson, BC – June 5, 2018 – A policy calling for equitable access to medical services for rural British Columbians was adopted at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference in Kamloops.
The policy was authored by the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and calls on the provincial government to enact legislation providing guaranteed timelines for the public to access the appropriate level of care including Trauma 3 and to review and implement the recommendations of the Forest Safety Ombudsman in his February 2017 report “Will It Be There – A Report on Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in BC”.
“Whether working, living or travelling in rural British Columbia, everyone is entitled to emergency services and when this access is not provided or fails, the cost to families, employers and tax payers increases.” said Bev Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce.
The policy is now official BC Chamber policy and will be advocated by the BC Chamber to appropriate levels of government over 2018-19.
“The Fort Nelson Chamber is proud to see this policy pass and receive support from our peers across the province,” said Vandersteen. The BC Chamber AGM and Conference is held in a different BC community each year. The event is the largest annual business policy forum in the province. Every year, member Chambers of the BC Chamber develop and submit policies for the consideration of their peers. This year, 52 policies were up for debate at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM.