El­ders de­serve bet­ter care

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

One can only re­call the days when a per­son had a name and was re­spected for that name. How things have changed.

To­day, we are only con­sid­ered by a num­ber to­day.

We are re­quested to sub­mit a card to see a doc­tor or some­one of im­por­tance to you.

Not too long ago there was a story in the Cape Bre­ton Post re­gard­ing a 96-year-old lady wait­ing for hours to see a doc­tor, de­spite be­ing vis­i­bly sick.

What has hap­pened to our dig­nity and com­pas­sion?

Emer­gency Health Ser­vices is trained to eval­u­ate the con­di­tion of a per­son in need and given top pri­or­ity at that time. The same treat­ment should be given when peo­ple are in the out­pa­tient depart­ment or any other med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

We are aware of the pri­vacy act but it should be over­looked when it comes to age and the con­di­tion of the per­son who is in ex­treme need at that time.

We live in a com­mu­nity that has shown re­spect for our el­ders. Lets con­tinue to do so to al­low them to up­hold their dig­nity. Charles Le­Forte Glace Bay

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