Andrea Woo, The Globe and Mail

Andrea Woo

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Past articles by Andrea:

B.C. announces a plan to tackle cancer wait times

B.C. government adding $440-million in funding to province’s cancer agency → Read More

Federal minister promises data on impact of decriminalization

B.C. becomes the first province in Canada to remove criminal penalties for carrying small amounts of illicit drugs on Tuesday → Read More

As B.C.’s decriminalization pilot project takes hold, political hopes collide with public fears

Police will also not confiscate substances, in move that government is hopeful will remove stigma, encourage people to seek help → Read More

Through Red Cross program, lonely and isolated adults find connection on the other line

Some callers have limited social or family connections, while others want to confide in people outside of their regular social circles → Read More

B.C. paramedics, dispatchers reach tentative collective agreement with province

The union president is calling it the best deal the ambulance service has seen in at least a decade → Read More

Ambulance service in B.C.’s Lower Mainland had nearly 100 calls in queue waiting for assigned units

Union president attributes backlog to staff shortages caused by a continuing failure to recruit and retain paramedics → Read More

For B.C. patient, last-minute surgery cancellation raises fears of cancer spread

Geneva Reynen, who has Stage 3 ovarian cancer, had a critical surgery cancelled, a consequence of a cancer system that insiders say is operating at capacity → Read More

Canadians logged more time waiting in ER in 2021 than ever before

Nine out of 10 visits for patients who were admitted were completed within 40.7 hours, according to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information → Read More

BC Children’s Hospital doubling up patients to tackle surge in admissions for respiratory illnesses

While the hospital prefers for patients to be in single rooms, two patients may share a single-patient room when medically appropriate → Read More

Six child deaths confirmed in B.C. in ‘very early and intense flu season’

B.C. is trying to improve poor pediatric vaccination rates by expanding access to walk-in influenza clinics across the province this weekend → Read More

Multiple sclerosis research in B.C. gets a boost from unnamed private donor

Contribution of $33.8-million to the University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health’s VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation will go toward establishing an MS research program → Read More

B.C. hospital increasing surgical capacity for gynecological cancers in response to long waiting times

Insiders blame bureaucracy, poor long-term planning, staffing shortages and a ripple-effect in delays for pushing waiting times for treatment in many cases from weeks to months → Read More

B.C. Medical Services Commission seeks injunction against Telus Health’s fee-based health care program

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said he directed the commission to review Telus Health in February after the public complained of illegal extra billing → Read More

B.C. expanding program that offers international doctors a pathway to be licensed

It’s part of a provincial push to get more doctors working across the province where one in five do not have family doctor → Read More

B.C. bail policy change raises Charter concerns

Civil liberties experts warn it may infringe on constitutionally protected rights → Read More

B.C. to table legislation increasing ease of government to seize individuals’ assets without being charged

Provincial watchdog calls the legislation ‘an unnecessary expansion of government power and an unacceptable infringement of Canadians’ rights’ → Read More

B.C. reveals public safety plan addressing concerns about violent, repeat offenders

B.C.’s proposed measures are intended to improve co-ordination between groups including law enforcement, community service organizations and health providers → Read More

B.C. pediatric surgeries cancelled amid staff shortages, surge in respiratory infections

The waiting time to see a doctor at BC Children’s Hospital on Wednesday morning reached 12 hours as admissions spike for respiratory illnesses including influenza and COVID-19 → Read More

Lengthy wait times have some B.C. cancer patients dying before their first consultations

A Globe investigation reveals some patients are waiting months to begin treatment, and potentially worsening outcomes → Read More

Manitoba unveils $200-million plan to hire 2,000 health professionals

Manitoba announces plan to spend $200-million on retaining, training and recruiting medical staff as it experiences critical health-care staff shortages → Read More