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Letter: Shortage of doctors for B.C. residents to see

It’s therefore bittersweet to read his advice to seek medical advice

Shortage of doctors for B.C. residents to see

Of course I will add my best wishes for a speedy recovery for our Mr. Horgan. Most of us are unfortunately familiar with the trials and tribulations of the treatment he is to receive. I’m glad that he has the good fortune to have medical attention.

It’s therefore bittersweet to read his advice to seek medical advice if one is concerned about this or that.

“Don’t wait, see a doctor,” he urged. And right away many of us sit up and ask out loud, “where, who?”, as for years the shortage of medical personnel has been the issue here. Not so much that one doesn’t want to seek advice; it’s that most clinics can’t take on new patients as they don’t have the manpower. The same goes for walk-in clinics where, after hours of waiting, one may be lucky enough to have a 15 minute consultation.

The only solution one may have is a trip to the ER, but one is not guaranteed to be seen in a timely fashion as the COVID pandemic has stretched the ER personnel also to its limits and beyond.

So yes Mr. Horgan, we will follow your advice to seek medical consultation; could you please ensure us that we can?

Judy van der Boom

Mill Bay

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