Re: “Present health care system is failing all of us big time” by Joe Sawchuk

Editor, The Times:

Editor, The Times;

I totally disagree with Mr. Sawchuk’s opinion about surgical wait times and his comment, “He’s only blowing off steam with no thought of logic into the topic!”

Yes, Joe, I think your name in that opening sentence fits a lot better than mine does!

I’m not sure if you’re a member of a lobby group or if you are a disgruntled medical administrator who’s been elevated to his level of incompetence! (the Peter Principle). You have made many statements in your letter that certainly expressed how naive you actually are.

Jim ‘The Rambling Man’ Lamberton’s rebuttal

You refer to more employees and longer operating hours as “complete hogwash.” Well, let me enlighten you. MRI procedures are now being performed 24/7 and, because of that, wait times have been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

As for your hair-brained idea of ticking boxes, doctors already move emergencies and extreme cases to the front of the line. If you have a thousand people on a wait list, ticking the boxes only changes the order of the patients.

It doesn’t shorten the waitlist. The next time you want to be the pot calling the kettle black, maybe put a little bit of thought into your logic.

Jim Lamberton

The Rambling Man

Clearwater, B. C.

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