More doctors needed in Newfoundland, says student
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