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HEALTH

Fully fund N.I. health care, hold VIHA accountable

The independent analysis of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA, or Island Health) delivered by external consultants Ernst & Young two weeks ago concluded that an electronic health records system implemented at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) was “not properly planned or implemented.”

Lagging seniors health care affects CVH, distressed caregivers

With the Island's largest over-65 population percentage and one of the lowest number of residential care beds per capita, Comox Valley caregivers are in distress and hospital workers feel the brunt of overcapacity and understaffing. VIHA says more beds and support...

VIHA brought changes, not always an improvement

For long-time employees of St. Joseph’s General Hospital, the transition to the new Comox Valley Hospital has presented a triad of difficult changes, including a less flexible management style and some systems that are less efficient and effective.

Flawed planning at root of new hospital’s problems

Already overcapacity, Comox Valley Hospital planners overlooked whole departments and made assumptions on capacity and the new iHealth software that have worsened the bed shortage and added to worker stress, overtime and low morale.   This is the second in a...

OPINION

The Week: No new snow, no new bridges and no new beds

Every homeowner knows that when you delay repairs to your house, they just get worse and more expensive to fix with the longer you wait. Courtenay City Council learned that lesson this week about the Fifth Street Bridge.

Hanukkah: celebrating the promise of hope in dark times

BY RABBI SETH GOLDSTEIN onight marks the beginning of Hanukkah, that eight-day celebration when we bring light into the darkness by lighting the menorah each night.The story of Hanukkah is retold and well known—the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) lead a...

ENVIRONMENT

Are Neonicotinoids really just the new DDT?

Scientists have linked both the collapse of bee populations and the stunning decline in bird and bat numbers to a new generation of insecticides called neonicotinoids.

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