Mayor confirms private emergency clinic must comply with Canada Health Act

Mayor Sam Sullivan today expressed concern that a proposed new emergency clinic in Vancouver may not comply with federal or provincial legislation.

“The enforcement of the Canada Health Act is something that falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal and Provincial governments,” said Mayor Sullivan. “However, I can confirm that City staff are reviewing the activities and plans of the False Creek Surgical Centre to ensure it complies with all of our by-laws.”

The Mayor added: “My staff have been in contact with the office of Provincial Health Minister George Abbott to advise them that should any application for a private emergency room be brought before Council, we will be seeking confirmation from both federal and provincial governments concerning compliance with the Canada Health Act.”