It will be a show down between two doctors with ideologies on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Doctors of BC, the organization representing 10,000 doctors in this province, has ordered a re-vote for the top job.
Last week, CKNW told you private for-profit health care advocate Dr. Brian Day was elected president by a single vote, prompting runner-up Dr. Alan Ruddiman to request a re-count.
It turns out one vote was missed, now resulting in a tie, so Doctors of BC has ordered a run-off election.
Ruddiman hopes the voter turnout will improve. Only 20% of eligible members cast a ballot last time around.
“Clearly what we have now is the opportunity for Dr.Day and myself to get our very very distinctive platforms out to the 10,000 doctors, and highlight the merits of our leaderships.”
Ruddiman, who is a family doctor in Oliver, says his campaign differs from Day.
“We simply have to do better to lead the health authorities in providing solutions and partnering with them in addressing emergency room gridlocks and overcrowding, I think this is paramount, I think we certainly have to do better in improving efficiencies in our publicly funded health care system.”
Day is embroiled in a legal battle with the provincial government over access to private health clinics for patients suffering due to long wait lists for surgeries.
The private healthcare advocate says he looks forward to debating his opponent.
“There’s a clear issue here. One supporting the status quo and myself supporting an improved system and learning from the countries around the world that have universal health systems that do much better than we do, and have no wait lists.”
The re-vote will be held June 5 to 18.