With physicians across B.C. casting another ballot to decide who will head up the Doctors of BC, the two contenders went head-to-head in a debate on CKNW’s Simi Sara Show.
Dr. Brian Day is embroiled in a legal battle with the province over access to private health clinics, but insists — that won’t actually affect his ability to lead the advocacy organization.
“Well, I’ve been meeting with the government for the last six years that the lawsuit’s been going on. They’ve been in our clinic. They’ve been in our boardroom. Two ministers of health.”
Simi Sara: “So, when the Minister of Health says on the air, on media, when he says ‘I’m not sure I can meet with Doctor Day’, are you saying that’s not true?”
Day: “We do live in a…where are we? We’re not in the Soviet Union.”
While Day is known for his ongoing legal battle with the province over access to private clinics, Ruddiman says it’s important for the organization to have a collaborative relationship with the government.
“We have to learn lessons from the past. We have been at loggerheads with this government before. We are in a good place right now.”
Ruddiman says doctors in Ontario and Quebec are at odds with the province – and he says B.C. doesn’t need that.
The revote is being held until June 18th.