More doc­tors needed in New­found­land, says stu­dent

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Dear edi­tor,

I am a high school stu­dent writ­ing to ex­press my feel­ings about our health care sys­tem in New­found­land and our short­age of doc­tors. It is very dif­fi­cult for me and many oth­ers to see a doc­tor when we need one.

In New­found­land, we have a short­age of nurses and doc­tors, which makes it very dif­fi­cult too see a doc­tor and if you must visit the emer­gency room ev­ery­one in New­found­land knows you could be wait­ing for hours and hours. When I need to see a doc­tor and I can­not it frus­trates me and it frus­trates me even more when my doc­tor is booked up for weeks. I un­der­stand it is dif­fi­cult for doc­tors see­ing up­wards of 60 peo­ple or more a day, but my health is very im­por­tant, too.

Doc­tors work an av­er­age of 53 hours-aweek. They de­serve to take a break and go on va­ca­tions just as much as any­one else. But, I and many peo­ple do not feel as com­fort­able with a re­place­ment doc­tor as our reg­u­lar doc­tor. And that is only if there is a doc­tor avail­able to fill in.

We here in New­found­land have some of the best doc­tors around be­cause New­found­lan­ders are very car­ing to­ward other peo­ple and our work. I think more doc­tors would help im­prove our health care sys­tem.

Thank you for al­low­ing me to ex­press my thoughts and feel­ings on this sub­ject. Hope­fully our pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment can help to change this, by hir­ing more doc­tors; the sooner the bet­ter. Terri-Lynn Pen­ney

Salmon Cove

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