HMC Presents Petition With 7K Signatures

May 4, 2023 | 0 Comments

Medical Director of HMC-Burnaby Urgent Care & Medical Imaging, Dr JJ Soares presented a petition he said had 7,334 signatures from online on and offline which “request that HMC-Burnaby Urgent Care & Medical Imaging finally be approved by the Bermuda Health Council to service HIP and FutureCare patients who already lack adequate access to healthcare options.”

Dr Soares said, “Not only does this further disadvantage HIP and FutureCare patients but it also represents a grave patient safety issue.

Petition signatures Bermuda May 2023 (1)

Dr Soares added, “Wouldn’t the Council’s time be better spent ensuring the removal of the outdated equipment in Bermuda rather than going out of its way to block access to HMC which is bringing the latest, safest and best technologies available to Bermuda?”

Petition signatures Bermuda May 2023 (2)

The spokesperson said, “HMC-Burnaby Urgent Care & Medical Imaging has been petitioning the government for over four years for SHB approval, which virtually every other imaging referral center in Bermuda already has. Indeed, all but one other such facility has SHB approval.

“HMC took its case to the Supreme Court and was awarded SHB by them. However, the Bermuda Health Council, with funding provided by the government, took the case to the Court of Appeal to try and overturn that decision. The Judge ruled that the Bermuda Health Council must formally review HMC’s full-year application for SHB approval which was submitted in June of 2020. If the Council is successful in removing SHB it will mean that patients who have HIP and FutureCare insurance will not be able to have any scans done at HMC-Burnaby.”

Dr Soares added, “The Council and the government have clearly not listened to me for four years; hopefully they will listen to the people!”

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