An­swers needed re loss of vas­cu­lar sur­geon

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

When bad news is brought, shoot the mes­sen­ger.

That’s an old rule in petty pol­i­tics and one that has been em­ployed by vas­cu­lar sur­geon Dr. Rex Dunn in his not-so-thinly veiled at­tack on the well-re­spected Dr. Mah­mood Naqvi by his de­fence that Cape Bre­ton is well served by vas­cu­lar sur­geons (“Vas­cu­lar surgery woes over­stated, says Syd­ney physi­cian,” Cape Bre­ton Post, May 10).

Dr. Dunn is .6 (point 6) of the re­quire­ments of Cape Bre­ton­ers who re­quire this type of health care. I’m con­fused what .6 means but it was pointed out by Dr. Dunn that he is still in prac­tice and de­votes a day a week to this im­per­a­tive ex­er­cise. Ah, the beauty of Hal­i­fax-ori­ented statis­tics. These have so im­proved our health ser­vices in Cape Bre­ton.

Oh, but not to be for­got­ten is the ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion pro­vided by a Hal­i­fax sur­geon who once a month who flies in to see to vas­cu­lar mat­ters, osten­si­bly those ex­empt from the .6 care.

Dr. Naqvi is a Cape Bre­ton icon. He has served/serves a grate­ful com­mu­nity, both as a sur­geon and a re­cruiter of doc­tors, some­thing that has slipped away from lo­cal au­thor­ity.

But Dr. Naqvi had the temer­ity to crit­i­cize. He said there could be and prob­a­bly was a loss of limbs among cit­i­zens and one of the causes of this was longer wait times for proper care. Dunn said no, want­ing ev­i­dence. That’s his priv­i­lege, but who will give ev­i­dence, Hal­i­fax or Cape Bre­ton? We have re­cently lost a vas­cu­lar sur­geon. What was the rea­son he left? Surely the cit­i­zens who pay for our pro­vin­cial health de­serve to know. But we are as­sured that all is well in our .6 com­mu­nity, plus, of course, one day a month from a Hal­i­fax sur­geon.

Cape Bre­ton de­serves to know more about this and does not need a per­sonal at­tack to jus­tify what Dr. Dunn call ac­cept­able ser­vice. This is a bully’s way and one that the peo­ple of Cape Bre­ton don’t de­serve. Ron MacDon­ald Syd­ney Mines

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