A battle is brewing over Vancouver Coastal Health’s plans to close four medical clinics in the Metro Vancouver area. But, communities that rely on these clinics are putting up a fight.
The Pine Free clinic in Kitsilano is one of the four clinic being shut down.
It’s been offering medical services for more than 40 years, but is now due to close October 31, along with three other Vancouver clinics — Evergreen on Crowley Drive in east Vancouver, Pacific Spirit in Kerrisdale and South Community Health Centre on Knight Street.
The services currently offered at those four clinics will be shifted to Raven Song Community Health Centre in east Vancouver.
There are about 15,000 patients affected, according to NDP MLA for Point Grey David Eby.
Meanwhile, B.C.’s health minister continues to defend the decision.
A protest rally outside pine free clinic is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
With files from Catherine Urquhart