Vancouver Sun: June 11, 2014 – Vancouver’s beleaguered chronic disease clinic loses a third doctor
Facility has 1,400 patients on a waiting list for care
A third doctor resigned Wednesday from the year-old, beleaguered Complex Chronic Disease Program at BC Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Liz Zubek quit because she believes the clinic is “going backwards instead of forwards in terms of meeting its mandate,” said in an interview.
The clinic opened a year ago but fewer than 200 patients have been seen and 1,400 are on a waiting list for care.
Zubek has a family medicine practice in Maple Ridge so she worked there only a day a week. The three other doctors work an average of 1.5 days, so it is clear the clinic will never make a dent in the patient waiting list unless it hires several more doctors, something that hospital president Dr. Jan Christilaw said in an interview she plans to do.
Zubek said she was recruited by Dr. Alison Bested, the former medical director of the clinic. But Bested, a leading national authority on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease, resigned last month over a dispute with hospital leaders about how to start moving more patients through the clinic. Her leadership duties have been assumed by Dr. Ian Hyams, but he only works there a few days a week.