This an outrageous failure of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
How can an organization whose senior executives – CEO Janet Knox and VP Medicine Dr. Lynne Harrigan – are female be so cruel, so uncaring, so dysfunctional towards sexual assault victims? How can these two executives be so disconnected from the harsh reality of violence against women?
And how is it that only certain hospitals have rape teams?
I hope every Nova Scotian sends this link to their MLA. That young woman could be anyone’s daughter, granddaughter, niece, neighbour, friend, work colleague – even if she’s a stranger, no one deserves to be dismissed like this. For hospital staff to send any young woman, let alone a rape victim, out into the night alone boggles the mind.
Please, contact your MLA, regardless if they are in government or opposition. This must stop! Obviously the job of running the NSHA is above what those in charge are capable of managing. It is time for a change at the top.
Postscript: Since publishing this piece, one retired physician in Nova Scotia wrote:
“It’s part of the ongoing efforts (perhaps not intentional) to reduce access to personalized care.
“For the first 30 years of my practice emergency departments called the person’s family doctor who would respond, or the person in their call group. Most doctors had their phone numbers available to patients. Although these “on call” services were free, the fees for paid activities was sufficient so people could cross subsidize work that was not financially rewarded, but where the rewards were professional.
“Now, most primary care docs cannot provide much in the way of free services because excess administrative demands leave them little free time, and their fees for useful work are inadequate.”