B.C’s Health minister seems receptive to a request from the STEPS health clinic in Valleyview a request to fund four nurse practitioner positions.
Adrian Dix says he has received the clinic’s request for the four nurse practitioners as well as a letter of support from Kamloops South MLA Todd Stone.
Dix says community team based health centres like STEPS align with his government’s health care plans.
“In March, we stabilized many existing community health centres with supports and funding for things such as nurse practitioners. So we received in July, the request from STEP. I’ve heard from many people of support in the community, and I think it shows the building support for our vision of primary health care, which includes community health centres. So I was very pleased that local MLAs in Kamloops were supportive as well, I think that helps, and so we’re going to take their request very seriously.”
Dix says he is very excited about the STEPS clinic model and met with one of the lead doctors in Kamloops a year ago.