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LETTER: Time for change in health-care system

To the Editor,

I would like to take the time to commend Mr. Elliot and his associates on the Aberdeen Walk-In closure. I assume the clinic originally was a business venture in an area where he saw the need. His financial revenues were probably quickly outweighed by the headaches of taking the majority of the health-care load in Pictou County.

It is not the responsibly of private facilities to make up for the horrible infrastructure at the Aberdeen Hospital and the lack of family doctors around these towns. This is the province’s problem and not the owners of the Aberdeen Walk-In. The residents of Pictou County we’re assured and reassured that with the lengthy and costly renovations to the hospital, all of our emergency health-care problems would be magically solved. I am quite sure they have, in fact, gotten worse.

The money would have been much more wisely spent on restructuring the hospital’s management and procedures. My most recent visit to the emergency was after a bad snowboard crash at Ski Wentworth. After waiting hours in agony, I was brought in for X-rays, during which a doctor made an offensive sexual remark about the X-ray technician walking in front of us. Afterward, I was told, “It was bad,” sent home with crutches, no pain meds or recovery instructions, for that matter. After a night in screaming agony I drove to Halifax to the QE2 where I found out I had a shattered pelvis and fractured sacrum, to which I required numerous follow-up visits with a surgeon and physiotherapy.

I was dating a nurse for a while and after she finished her training she told me she would never move to this town to work at our hospital because she became a nurse to help people and not be “catty and talk about the personal and medical history of patients and other employees.” This resulted in the end of our relationship.

Most people don’t even realize that the horrible health care in this town actually has a ripple effect that causes issues in all of our lives. I just sure hope that somewhere in government somebody puts their foot down and starts making some changes.

Mark Fraser

A ticked off and annoyed citizen of Pictou County

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