BC’s health minister says he is not even sure if he can even meet with the new head of Doctors of BC due to a lawsuit that will be heard later this year.
Terry Lake says he has always had a good relationship with the presidents of the doctors’ advocacy group, but in the case of president-elect Dr. Brian Day: “This is a democratic process. It is an organization of membership and self-advocacy. We have a working relationship with Doctors of BC.
“So we have to obviously abide by their democratic process. I don’t know at this moment in time if this will provide any obstacles. We will seek advice on that.”
Day is the co-owner of the Cambie Surgery Centre, a for-profit clinic embroiled in a legal battle with the BC government over access to private health care.
NDP Health critic Judy Darcy says Day’s election sends the province a pretty clear signal.
“I think it is even more incumbent than ever before that the minister of health stand up very clearly and strongly to defend our public health care system.”
Day’s oft-delayed lawsuit against the province is scheduled to be heard this November.