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BC given 59 recommendations in health report

FILE - B.C. Legislature in Victoria. (Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)

The Select Standing Committee on Health conducted public consultations from 2014 to 2016

Recommendations focus on better access to rural health care and addiction recovery programs, among others

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC needs more focus on education and longer term treatment for addictions and mental illness — those are some of the findings of a new all-party health report.

The Select Standing Committee on Health has made 59 recommendations on how to improve health care in the province.

Report Chair and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson says, where people live and how much money they have are the biggest barriers to getting treatment for both addictions and mental health issues.

After speaking with health professionals, she says there are two big takeaways from the report.

“Obviously the education and awareness from an earlier age and secondly that we need to treat and take care of people longer in the system than we currently do.”

Larson stresses there is no one-size fits all solution and the government has to be flexible to meet the variety of needs across the province