Squeaky wheel still gets the grease

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Maybe the provincial government truly is committed to maintaining 24/7 emergency room coverage at Western Hospital.

Maybe the dozen times this month that the service is unavailable is an unfortunate abnormality.

Or it might be a precursor to what is yet to come.

In any event, it is good that West Prince residents gathered Thursday night to discuss the current shortfalls and to stress that they will not be satisfied with anything less than 24/7 emergency room coverage at the one hospital in West Prince that’s still assigned that role.

There have been larger crowds at hospital meetings in West Prince in the past, but weather was certainly a factor Thursday night with slippery roads and drifting still. Still, 175 people braved the elements to stand up for what they believe in.

Some assurances were offered during the meeting that government is committed to maintaining the emergency department, but one of the meeting’s organizers suggested community pressure was what brought about those assurances. Government is not quick to acknowledged this, but the squeaky-wheel-gets-the-grease philosophy does pay off sometimes.

It is important for the region that residents are willing to keep fighting for their health care needs. They’ve shared some victories and some disappointments over the years.

What residents cannot overlook is that health care in West Prince is most important to residents of West Prince. If they want to keep their services they are the ones who must lead the charge. That includes demanding government respond to their needs and in making sure every physician who might be looking to set up in a rural practice is aware of the West Prince region and the opportunities that exist in an understaffed rural emergency room.

Organizations: Western Hospital

Geographic location: West Prince

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  • Alberton Resident
    January 24, 2013 - 08:18

    I would just like to post my thoughts on this Western Hospital issue. There was a group formed "Keep the western Hospital open" this is a social media group on facebook. claim over 3324 members, of which I may add ,when you look who the people that are posting are saying you have only about 6 persons. There are people on this list not ask to have there names on this list.. The group claim to represent the Western region of PEI with a population of over 20,000. They have 3 different versions of a petition names are being photocopied not one true list it is being used and try to embarass individules to sign almost harrasement. So they closed the Emergency dept for 12 days and you know what no one really missed the Hospital. We have a fine E.M.S. service that respond very well to the needs of all emergency victims. They are assesed and treated prior to being moved and most likley taken to the Excellent Summerside Hospital. It should be noted that the "GROUP" called for a meeting at Westile and yes they had about 170 persons hardly enought to say that anybody cares. There was posters all over much like snow flakes and the facebook 3324 Members and there friends and family all knew it was anounced in the media. still no one,or at least few choose to go. It seems that the people that attended were a self serving bunch with direct employment or family of the workers of the Hospital. It is time to get rid of the "POLITICS" of this issue. Time to grow up now where in this country do you see 7 yes Seven Hospital for 140,000 persons from tip to tip we are only about 3 hours. In the richest of provinces they wich that there large hospitals were that close. If we had the money that is wasted in the rural hospitals go to making the Charlottetown and Summerside hospitals larger and better equiped we would be able to attract more and specialized Doctors that would cut waiting times. We are also one of Canada's highest rates of Cancer and we only have one Doctor. Come on look to the future. Get with the times and have 2 main hospitals.

  • don
    January 21, 2013 - 14:13

    you all do not want to see but dizzy WILL close the eastern and western hospitals before the next election and some say the island only needs on hospital and that will be the qeh. they say the island only needs ONE hospital and that will be the QEH why do you think dizzy is spending so much on it now and will for the next 10 years they say. so enjoy what you have now as even the PCH will be closed and set p in ch'town if you are all that dumb not to think and read what they are doing then you deserve what your get.