Michael demands government pay serious attention to MRI wait lists
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) today continued her call for the provincial government to deal with the “extremely disturbing” wait lists that continue to plague the healthcare system in this province.
“In March of last year, this government spoke about making the reduction of wait times a priority,” Michael noted. “Once again, we are noting the lack of any real planning on government’s part.
The current average wait time for an urgent body MRI in the Eastern Health system is 261 days. “This is way beyond anything that should be considered acceptable,” said Michael. “I commented just this morning on a Fortune woman who, after waiting 11 months for a colonoscopy to determine she actually had colon cancer was then told she had to wait a further six months for the MRI which would define her treatment. ‘Unacceptable’ just doesn’t begin to cover that.”
Shortly after Michael spoke about the issue on one local radio station today, another station reported that the patient in question would actually be getting the MRI almost immediately.
“If this is true, this is terrific, wonderful, and completely deserved for the woman I spoke about,” said Michael, “but it raises another concern that is just as serious.
“We need a better plan for managing our health care system than simply following media and reacting to the news of the day.
“This government is not giving the leadership our province needs, in this matter as in so many others.”