Decline in specialty care is 'soul-destroying,' say B.C. medical specialists in open letter

A group of more than two dozen medical specialists has penned an open letter to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, describing what they call a dire situation in the province for patients in need of specialist care. 

“Our entire health care system is crumbling, but not enough is being done to improve specialist patient outcomes or shorten our overcrowded waitlists,” the letter reads. 

The group — which includes cardiologists, respirologists and radiologists, among others — estimates that one million patients in B.C. are waiting to see a specialist.

“We see the decline in specialist care first hand every day and we are exhausted and demoralized; it is soul-destroying to be unable to provide the specialty

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