Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam attends a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Tam says COVID-19 is still circulating at a “relatively high level” and other strains of influenza may surge in the new year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Dr. Theresa Tam on preparing for the next battle with COVID-19, and future epidemics

Country’s top public health official urging Canadians to ‘remain vigilant’

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam attends a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Tam says COVID-19 is still circulating at a “relatively high level” and other strains of influenza may surge in the new year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Report shows B.C. has honoured pledge to deliver pandemic-postponed surgeries: Dix

99.2 per cent of surgeries stalled by second or third waves of the virus have been completed

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The British Columbia government is extending its COVID-19 wage top-ups for staff at seniors facilities, but the restriction that limited those workers to one work site has been lifted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. government continues the pandemic wage top-up for care home workers

Province renewing its commitment to ‘temporarily fund the increases’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The British Columbia government is extending its COVID-19 wage top-ups for staff at seniors facilities, but the restriction that limited those workers to one work site has been lifted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A patient receives an influenza vaccine in Mesquite, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The flu has returned with a vengeance after being absent for a couple of years during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hitting children especially hard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
A patient receives an influenza vaccine in Mesquite, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The flu has returned with a vengeance after being absent for a couple of years during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hitting children especially hard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Feb. 7, 2018. The B.C. Centre For Disease Control says there are signs influenza is on a “steady decline” in the province, although case numbers remain high and positive tests rates for respiratory syncytial virus continue to rise. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David Goldman

B.C. disease centre says flu shows signs of decline, with no new deaths of children

171 new hospital admissions last week for patients with COVID-19, a slight decrease

A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Feb. 7, 2018. The B.C. Centre For Disease Control says there are signs influenza is on a “steady decline” in the province, although case numbers remain high and positive tests rates for respiratory syncytial virus continue to rise. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David Goldman
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos leaves a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Health ministers agree on improving health care, but premiers holding out: Duclos

The ball is in the premiers’ court, Canada’s health minister says

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos leaves a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Chief science advisor Mona Nemer speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Nemer released the recommendations of a taskforce established in the summer to respond to post-COVID condition, or long-COVID, today ahead of the release of her full report. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada’s chief science adviser releases recommendations to combat long-COVID

No consensus on the definition of the condition, but firm acknowledgement that it exists

Chief science advisor Mona Nemer speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Nemer released the recommendations of a taskforce established in the summer to respond to post-COVID condition, or long-COVID, today ahead of the release of her full report. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An empty operating theatre is seen in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Inside SickKids: As the operating room sits quiet, staff worry about growing backlog

Respiratory illness wave has OR staff parachuting into the emergency department and ICU

An empty operating theatre is seen in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Trudeau says he’s not willing to kick health-care reform down the road any farther, with governments appearing to have reached a stalemate in health-care funding negotiations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau says he’s not willing to kick health-care reform down the road any longer

PM says he’s not going to throw money at the problem without reforming the system

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Trudeau says he’s not willing to kick health-care reform down the road any farther, with governments appearing to have reached a stalemate in health-care funding negotiations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A health-care worker takes a pause in the emergency department at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Inside Sick Kids: An overworked emergency department prepares for a new surge

‘We were really pushed to our brink and having some trouble making sure every patient was safe’

A health-care worker takes a pause in the emergency department at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Children’s prepared to double-bunk patients during busy respiratory illness season

B.C. emergency rooms had been seeing a peak of up to 6,900 patients daily

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Singh threatens to pull out of supply and confidence agreement over health care

‘This is about an immediate crisis that requires immediate action’

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Alicia Denobregan, left, who suffers from breast cancer, and Beatriz Ibanez who finished her treatment against breast cancer a year ago, walk on the catwalk during a fashion show called “Pink Parade’ during Fight Breast Cancer World Day in Caracas Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct.19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

More breast cancer patients can choose smaller surgery

Studies showing lumpectomies can often work in cases that used to call for full mastectomies

Alicia Denobregan, left, who suffers from breast cancer, and Beatriz Ibanez who finished her treatment against breast cancer a year ago, walk on the catwalk during a fashion show called “Pink Parade’ during Fight Breast Cancer World Day in Caracas Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct.19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

NDP leader requests emergency debate on urgent situation in children’s health care

Hospitals across the country treating high or record numbers of children with respiratory illnesses

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says a deadly spike in acute respiratory illness is showing signs of stabilizing, after the flu-related deaths of at least six children and youth this season. Friday’s update came a day after provincial health officer Henry said pediatric flu deaths would be included in its weekly updates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C.’s respiratory illness surge stabilizing after deaths of six kids: disease centre

B.C. experiencing unusual season for respiratory illnesses with ‘unusual characteristics’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says a deadly spike in acute respiratory illness is showing signs of stabilizing, after the flu-related deaths of at least six children and youth this season. Friday’s update came a day after provincial health officer Henry said pediatric flu deaths would be included in its weekly updates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premiers (back row L-R), Sandy Silver (Yukon), P.J. Akeeagok, (Nunavut), Scott Moe (SK), Doug Ford (Ont),Francois Legault (Que), Dennis King (PEI), Tim Houston (NS), Blaine Higgs (NB), Andrew Furey (NL and Labrador) and (front row L-R), President of Institute for the advancement of Aboriginal Women Lisa Weber, National Chief of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Elmer St. Pierre, Heather Stefanson (MB), Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam, John Horgan (BC), Esquimalt Nation Chief Rob Thomas, Caroline Cochrane (NWT), Cassidy Caron (Metis National Council) and Terry Teegee (Assembly of First Nations) gather for a family photo during the summer meeting of the Canada’s Premiers at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, July 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Premiers demand meeting with Trudeau to discuss increased health-care funding

Want Ottawa to cover 35 per cent of health-care costs, up from the current 22 per cent

Premiers (back row L-R), Sandy Silver (Yukon), P.J. Akeeagok, (Nunavut), Scott Moe (SK), Doug Ford (Ont),Francois Legault (Que), Dennis King (PEI), Tim Houston (NS), Blaine Higgs (NB), Andrew Furey (NL and Labrador) and (front row L-R), President of Institute for the advancement of Aboriginal Women Lisa Weber, National Chief of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Elmer St. Pierre, Heather Stefanson (MB), Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam, John Horgan (BC), Esquimalt Nation Chief Rob Thomas, Caroline Cochrane (NWT), Cassidy Caron (Metis National Council) and Terry Teegee (Assembly of First Nations) gather for a family photo during the summer meeting of the Canada’s Premiers at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, July 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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‘No safe number’ of trips to the tanning bed, says Kelowna doctor as winter approaches

UVA rays in tanning beds can be 15 times higher than sun exposure

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Island Health’s Nanaimo Heart Function Clinic has moved from Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to a nearby site at Dufferin Crescent. (News Bulletin file photo)

Island Health re-locates and expands its Nanaimo heart health clinic

Clinic moves from NRGH to nearby site at Dufferin Crescent

Island Health’s Nanaimo Heart Function Clinic has moved from Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to a nearby site at Dufferin Crescent. (News Bulletin file photo)
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B.C. health-care workers facing an epidemic of violence

2010-21: B.C. nurses reported nearly 4,500 violence-related injuries that caused them to miss work

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Medical lab services finally returning to Ucluelet this week

Ucluelet’s outpatient medical lab has been closed since August due to a staffing shortage

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