Dr. Wass, Hematologist - VIHA unjust decision sign now

Hi everyone,
Ive started this group for my mom, Dr. Hilary Wass, who is a well-known and loved doctor in Victoria BC. She attended McGill University when she was 16 years old to become a specialist in Hematology. She has had her own practice for 30 years, was the chief of medicine for 4 and has been my inspiration and hero for all 21 years of my life. The reason Ive started this group is to make the public aware of something unjust and immoral that is happening to someone who has only done good for people.
Dr. Wass is a Hematologist which means she specializes in many diseases that have to do with blood, including malignant diseases such as cancer. Over half her patients have a blood malignancy and she administers chemotherapy regularly to many of them. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has decided that all chemotherapy has to be given at the Cancer Agency, meaning all of my moms patients with blood cancers will now have to be treated by different doctors. This essentially means that she loses over half her patients, some that shes been treating for over 22 years.
My mom has been fighting this for over a year. VIHA refuses to budge. We are now trying to take this over their heads to the Ministry of Health to try and get them to understand the impact this decision is having. Long waiting lists for specialist are a major concern, and the Ministry has promised to address this issue. This doesnt seem to be a very proactive or constructive way to go about it.
The honourable Michael de Jong, who is the Minister of Health in BC said,
We are also working to increase access to quality primary and community health care, such as family physicians and home care services. Improving access and enhancing coordination of primary and community care will provide a better patient experience and improved health outcomes, particularly for those with chronic diseases or complex health needs. This new approach to care will provide more focus on building a team around a patients needs and provide better coordination of family physicians, specialists and other health care providers such as pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses and physiotherapists.
But how exactly are they going to accomplish this when they are essentially firing specialized physicians and making the waiting lists at the Cancer Clinic even longer than they already are? If anything they should be making more opportunities for qualified doctors to properly look after their patients provide more focus on building a team around patients needs. Patients need their doctors.

By signing this petition, you will be standing up for what's right and try to convince the Minister of Health in BC to reverse the decision made by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and give doctors the freedom to treat their patients. Thank you so much for your support, it is greatly appreciated.

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