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BC Ferries treat TAP BC Forms as priority boarding reservations for medical appointments

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To the Honourable members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled:

The petition of the undersigned Residents, in the Province of British Columbia, states that:

  • TAP BC forms be accepted for priority boarding reservations for BC Ferries passengers traveling to and from medical, specialist and surgery appointments (“appointments”);
  • TAP BC Forms be accepted for priority boarding reservations within 2 days of scheduled appointments;
  • TAP BC Forms be accepted as priority boarding reservations provided passenger(s) arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled ferry departure.

Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House cause BC Ferries to implement the priority boarding/reservation procedures as noted above.

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BACKGROUND:

  • Many ferry dependent residents wait several months for medical, specialist and surgery appointments
  • Ferry overloads often cause ferry dependent residents to miss appointments, causing delays in medical diagnosis and treatments
  • BC MSP often absorbs the cost of missed appointments, causing the Province unnecessary expense. BC Ferries priority boarding will mitigate unnecessary costs to BC MSP
  • Surgery wait times are already at a near crisis point in BC. BC Ferries priority boarding will mitigate wasted specialist, surgeon and surgery times
  • Rationale for priority boarding use within 2 days of appointments:
  •         BC Ferries schedules do not always accommodate patients with early morning appointments;
  •         Many patients recovering from surgery or medical procedures are unable to travel immediately following.

 

With Thanks, Sunshine Coast resident, Kim Darwin.



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