There is without a doubt a real problem with our Health Care Services. I read two articles today from the Calgary Post and the National Post that doctors are stepping forward to share their concerns even though they are being intimidated by the government to keep silent. You can only keep things quiet so long before the truth comes.
Just look at the hospitals and doctors offices constantly full, the wait lines, the overworked doctors who don’t have time for you or just don’t know what to do for a lot of the people anymore, the over prescribing of drugs, the drugs being sold on the streets, the addiction to pain killers, the overworked surgeons, the misdiagnoses, the wrong prescriptions given, surgery on the wrong part or the wrong patient and the amount of disease and illness around.
Just look at this A-Z list of diseases we have come up with. The more chemicals, preservatives, over-the counter and prescription drugs they introduce, the more illness, disease and prescriptions needed.
What is it going to take to see that we need to make some changes and start to think about preventative health instead of disease? Hospital and doctors offices waiting lines can sometimes be up to 5 hours or more. I don’t see why we aren’t aiming to be the healthiest country around. Why can’t we set out own standard of organic foods, health education and physical fitness to be a proud, fit and healthy country? Who knows what we can accomplish.
Here are some inserts from the articles:
Alberta’s opposition parties and a growing number of physicians are ratcheting up the pressure on the Stelmach government to call a full judicial inquiry examining the silencing of doctors as well as hundreds of cases of substandard care and alleged cancer surgery wait-list deaths.
As more physicians speak up claiming they’ve been intimidated by government for voicing health-care concerns, Alberta Health Services issued an unprecedented open letter Wednesday to all doctors saying they have a right and duty to advocate for patients.
As Canada grapples with how to fix a health care system widely considered to be faltering, the voices of doctors at the heart of the sector are obviously indispensable. In Alberta, though, some physicians say that speaking out can get them nothing but trouble. Accusations of intimidation are growing, after Raj Sherman, the renegade Conservative, now Liberal, MLA , charged that hundreds of patients had died on a lung-surgery waiting list, and that doctors had been ordered to keep quiet about it.
The emergency physician’s dramatic allegation has been met with a fair bit of skepticism. Other doctors, however, have also come forward to suggest they faced heat from hospitals or health authorities after criticizing some aspect of the system, though one case publicized this week appeared more like an internal hospital dispute than a clear example of whistle blowing. The Alberta Medical Association has cited allegedly hard-headed bargaining by the government in the current fee negotiations as another instance of “intimidation.” Opposition politicians in the province have called for a public inquiry into all the charges.
Alabama bacteria outbreak linked to laboratory
Serratia bacteria tend to spread in hospital patients’ respiratory and urinary tracts
Health officials have linked an outbreak of bacterial infection found in nine Alabama hospital patients who died to contamination at a laboratory.