Ken Kramer reports progress regarding access of family members to disabled people in hospital.

Read the entire message to the SLCBC and copy of the Provincial Ministry of Health regardng access to disabled people hospitalized during Pandemic.  Looking forward, this situation could apply to seniors who are hospitalized in long-term care as well.  Thank you, Ken for your tireless efforts in this matter.

“Good morning everyone,

I wanted to share a recent development in British Columbia as it relates to our advocacy efforts with the provincial government as it relates to persons with disabilities in acute care settings and the need for access to support staff/family/trusted individuals in those settings.  My group and I have been encouraging our Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Office to provide clear provincial direction prior to the pandemic and well before the unfortunate and unnecessary passing of a young lady in White Rock British Columbia with cerebral palsy.  Notwithstanding our repeated efforts throughout the pandemic, government did not respond until we recently escalated this issue to the media.  That was the tipping point and resulted in the policy outlined below which became effective on Tuesday.

Of course, this information is also highly relevant to the seniors community and the reference below to the Interim Guidance for Long-Term Care and Seniors Assisted Living document.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great weekend and stay safe and healthy:  (signed) Ken M. Kramer, Q.C.” 

And the Response from the B.C. Ministry of Health:

“Dear Mr. Kramer,

Thank you for your message.  I apologize for the time it has taken to respond and appreciate you taking time to share your concerns.

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Health has now amended the policy on essential support visitors to address the needs of individuals with disabilities. Additional information can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/covid-19-infection-prevention-control.pdf. You also mentioned concern for seniors and therefore may be interested in the Interim Guidance for Long-Term Care and Seniors Assisted Living document which can be found here: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19_LongTermCareAssistedLiving.pdf.

We will advise you on any relevant new information or materials as they become available.

Regards,

Danielle Prpich

Executive Director, Community Care Support Services

and Results Management Office

Specialized Services Division

Ministry of Health.”