No pa­per­work spared for or­di­nary cit­i­zens

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Betty McNeil Scotch Lake

Why should we have a dou­ble stan­dard where politi­cians are able to pur­chase what­ever they want without re­ceipts? They may not even need the item; they just take it and don’t have to prove they need it.

I work in a nurs­ing home where I spend a great deal of my time fill­ing out pa­pers on be­half of res­i­dents whom I could be bet­ter serv­ing in other ways. I must put th­ese res­i­dents though tests try­ing to prove that they need a par­tic­u­lar piece of equip­ment or, mostly, a cer­tain med­i­ca­tion that their doc­tor feels they need and has al­ready or­dered. Many times some­one in gov­ern­ment de­nies a le­git­i­mate re­quest.

Doc­tors spend much of their time fill­ing out pa­pers for the gov­ern­ment – time that could be bet­ter spent with pa­tients. Many times when they must fill out pa­pers for a pa­tient who needs a prod­uct or a ser­vice, the fee for do­ing this is passed on to the pa­tient.

I guess the politi­cians feel they are more priv­i­leged than the rest of us and they should not be sub­jected to this com­pli­cated way of do­ing things, or they may not get what they want if they have to prove need. So they pass rules say­ing they don’t need to do what the rest of us have to do, and we al­low it.

If the gov­ern­ment is the peo­ple, I think it’s time the peo­ple took their power back and did not al­low the politi­cians to make their own rules. It’s time for equal­ity.

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