Vanessa Blanch

Reporter

Vanessa Blanch is a reporter based in Moncton. She has worked across the country for CBC for 20 years. If you have story ideas to share please email: vanessa.blanch@cbc.ca

Latest from Vanessa Blanch

Medical society applauds 'fantastic' goal to have a doctor for everyone within 6 months

Doctors in New Brunswick are ready to start working "immediately" with Health Minister Dorothy Shephard to achieve her target of providing a family physician or nurse practitioner to every resident of the province within six months.

N.B. woman told she must wait for uterus 'to completely drop out' before she can get help

Sherrie Hudson of Woodstock, N.B., has been trying to get medical help for a gynecological problem since December 2019, but after more than a year, she is still suffering every day and is among a growing number of New Brunswick women struggling to get access to timely health care.

Health minister focused on finding everyone a doctor or nurse practitioner within 6 months

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard has no intention of negotiating with doctors or nurse practitioners currently charging patients directly for care, saying her focus is on recruitment and the elimination of the wait list for primary care.

Nurse practitioners shocked by Higgs government decision to charge for medical tests

A new rule from the Blaine Higgs government is raising concern among nurse practitioners, who believe it will introduce yet another barrier to health care for the more than 44,000 New Brunswickers who do not have a primary care provider.

Moncton gynecologist says her move to private practice is symptom of larger crisis

Moncton gynecologist Dr. Karen Desrosiers believes her decision to give up her practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the public system, and the growing demand from women who can't find the medically necessary care they are entitled to, are both symptoms of a system that isn't working.

Shortage of N.B. health-care providers forces student to pay out of pocket to see gynecologist

When her family doctor continuously blamed stress for her abdominal pain and refused to refer her to a specialist, Mhàiri Agnew was left with few options. The 20-year-old Moncton student had to pay to see a gynecologist, who diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome — 15 years after her initial complaints.

High school bus drivers anxious after they're left out of school staff vaccination plan

Iris Lloyd, provincial president of CUPE Local 1253, which represents school bus drivers and school custodians, says her members are worried about the return to full-time classes for high school students on April 12.

Rare silver-haired bat colony discovered in Fredericton old-growth tree

The discovery of a breeding colony of silver-haired bats in Fredericton is the first ever in Atlantic Canada and sets a northern record for the species in North America.

Atlantic bubble 'can't come soon enough' for border towns, MLAs say

News of a mid-April reopening of the Atlantic bubble, which will allow residents of the four eastern provinces to travel without having to isolate for 14 days, is a "glimmer of hope" for those living in border communities, says Tantramar-Memramcook MLA Megan Mitton.

Hospital visiting rules loosened, but families feel 'let down' by Higgs government

While they are glad the rules around visiting are changing at New Brunswick hospitals, some families still feel let down by a government that turned its back and was unwilling to listen and show compassion when they needed it most.

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