Tired of wait­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

The fol­low mes­sage was orig­i­nally sent to the Depart­ment of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices:

We all hear of the great job gov­ern­ment is do­ing with re­gards to wait times.

Well to­day ( June 4) my wife took an 84-year-old lady to the Health Sciences Cen­tre for an 11 a.m. ap­point­ment only to see the sun again at 3`o’clock. Not good enough. Peo­ple there from Nain were wait­ing even longer.

Not even a word passed on to them from the doc­tor’s of­fice. Just a word could have given them time to get a lunch. Af­ter all, they drove from Clarke’s Beach. Is it too much to ask that some­one wait­ing an hour af­ter the ap­pointed time be given a lit­tle in­for­ma­tion as to when they are likely to be seen?

Your gov­ern­ment has a long way to go when it comes to wait times. If this is the norm, and peo­ple tell me it is so, then it’s some­thing to pon­der when you see peo­ple lined up at a wait­ing room at our health­care fa­cil­i­ties in the fu­ture.

Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach

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