I just got off work and I want to vomit. I had a woman in labor begging me for an epidural, crying screaming, etc. But tough for her because our anesthesiologists aren't doing any "unecessary" procedures because of their disputes with the Liberal gov't. At one point I had to leave the room because I started tearing up. I can not understand how a doctor could leave a patient in a situation like that. She delivered a healthy baby eventually, but how will this woman EVER trust health care workers again?
I completely raged at the doc on the phone and I am sure I'll hear about it on Tues when the charge nurse is back, but I was just so angry
How the hell can a doctor justify not caring for a patient because of contract negotiations? I saw the medical associations ad last week and I noticed they never mentioned that 392 MILLION dollar raise they'll be getting. I am so disgusted by them right now. How much money is enough to keep them from harming patients? I have become so sickened by how this health care system is being destroyed. I am sure the gov't is planning on privatising and the docs will make more money, never mind the fact that patients will suffer. I have had it. I am jumping ship. Emailed an American recruiter I know and will be going to the US after Christmas this year.
Is anyone else as frustrated as I am? How are your areas coping with the Campbell Cuts and the Docs' money grab?
May 19, '02
Last edit by shay on May 19, '02
May 21, '02
i posted this as a reply to this on the other thread were you posted this
I'm a first year nursing student up here in canada. i'm taking nursing because i want to help people. shouldn't doctors want to to help people to??? ...but unfortunately...patients seem to be at the bottom of "SOME" (i don't want to paint all doctors with the same brush) doctors priority lists. 2 years ago my ENT whent away on a three week vacation after seeing my CT showing that i had malignant tumors!!! while he was on vacation my cancer, nasopharyngeal, progreesed from stage 2 to stage 3. Luckily after i fired that idiot i got the best ENT my city has,and the best oncologist in atlantic canada. thank goodness after being in the hands of a careless doctor i was put into the hands of some fabulous ones. i've been in remission for2 years now no thanks to the first doctor
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May 29, '02
Hi Fergus. Although I didn't plan it this way, it was an excellent time to go on vacation. My first day on vacation coincided with the first day of the docs' job action. I'm not back to work until June 17th.
I also work with a bunch of anesthetists/surgeons. I can't say that I have had much sympathy for the docs in their contract squabbles with this provincial government.
As I nicely said to one of them (the top paid anesthetist in this province, the one who made over $600.000 last year and who was mouthing off about how ill-used he felt), " 'scuse me, I don't remember you thinking that there was anything wrong with this government trashing OUR contracts. Remember last summer, when we had a contract legislated down our throats. Remember Bill 29, which then proceeded to trash those contracts, and which cut all funding for specialty courses. I didn't notice BCMA supporting us. I only heard from one doc in support of us. And she was willing to stand out on a picket line (if we'd actually had one), holding a sign in support of us. Remember all the lies about "nurses refusing to take care of seriously ill patients" that were being spouted by the head of HEABC. Remember how we were portrayed in the media. You do remember those things, don't you? Remember when you told me that you didn't see anything wrong with a nurse being sent to work anywhere in the province for 30 days 3 X year, or anywhere within a 50 km radius for up to 7 days at a time. Well, welcome to what it feels like to be trashed by this government".
As far as I'm concerned, they can all be put on an hourly salary. Although I must admit that I take a great deal of pleasure in knowing that Colin Hansen has at last found a group that he has not been able to treat like crap and get away with. Eventually, bully-boys do meet their match. It also pleases me enormously that a good many of these docs voted for this government.
And in case you're wondering, no I am not an NDP supporter.
Last edit by jurbyjunk on May 29, '02