WAIT TIMES SHELL GAME

Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT -

If one was to go by the new WRHA Wait Times web site you would think it’s a mir­a­cle. Ev­ery fa­cil­ity re­gard­less of num­ber of pa­tients is show­ing a rel­a­tively rea­son­able wait time. What most pa­tients don’t know or will miss in the fine print is that th­ese are not ac­tual wait times but “a fore­cast of the wait time you can ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence at the present time.” The pre­vi­ous for­mat showed the ac­tual doc­u­mented wait times. On Oct. 11, at 8:57 p.m at HSC with 43 pa­tients in treat­ment and an­other 24 still wait­ing to be seen the “fore­cast” wait time was 3.5 hours. At St. Boniface with 32 pa­tients be­ing treated and five wait­ing the fore­casted wait time was three hours. Pa­tient num­bers like this in the past would have re­sulted in ac­tual wait times of 8-10 hours. The WRHA would make it ap­pear that the wait times are al­ready im­prov­ing with the changes in health care. Are they try­ing to de­lib­er­ately mis­lead the pub­lic ?

JAC­QUE­LINE ELSTON Seems like a real band-aid so­lu­tion for mes­sag­ing.

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