We’re get­ting the equip­ment

Now all we need is staff to op­er­ate it


Dear edi­tor,

I am very pleased that the Min­is­ter of Health, Jerome Kennedy has an­nounced fund­ing for cap­i­tal equip­ment pur­chases and in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. But wait a minute! A cou­ple of things don’t make sense. One of the items for pur­chase is an arthro­scope. An arthro­scope is a spe­cial­ized piece of equip­ment for use by or­thopaedic spe­cial­ists ( bone spe­cial­ists) for peer­ing into joints.

Prob­lem is we don’t have any or­thopaedic spe­cial­ists.

Can we ex­pect an an­nounce­ment from the min­is­ter of the re­cruit­ment of an or­thopaedic spe­cial­ist? If not, that arthro­scope will just end up go­ing to St. John’s for use there, paid for with monies in­tended for cap­i­tal equip­ment at Car­bon­ear.

And those UV light boxes? They’re used in the treat­ment of skin con­di­tions in­clud­ing pso­ri­a­sis. Cur­rently UV ther­apy is over­seen on site by phys­io­ther­a­pists.

The cur­rent phys­io­ther­apy wait list for out­pa­tients is eight months.

Per­haps we’re get­ting more phys­io­ther­a­pists too!

I look for­ward to the an­nounce­ment. Paul Bon­is­teel M.D.

New Har­bour

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