There’s a call for the province to hire nurse practitioners to alleviate the problem of long waits at walk-in medical clinics.
Walk In Clinics of BC spokesperson Mike McLoughlin says right now doctors at the clinics can only see a maximum of 50 patients a day.
During flu season, for instance, that rule often results in clinics closing early.
McLoughlin says hiring Nurse Practitioners would change that.
“We would like to add Nurse Practitioners as the resource for clinics so they can increase the capacity for physicians to treat patients. When a physician is working alongside an allied health care worker like a nurse practitioner or a nurse, it makes his or her job easier and it also provides additional capacity for people to be seen.”
McLoughlin says the other problem is the overall lack of general practitioners in the province.
Yesterday, CKNW reporter Janet Brown spoke with Mike McLoughlin, spokesperson for Walk In Clinics BC, about the issue of patients seeing Nurse Practitioners instead of a doctor at walk in clinics.