I welcome comments and information and ideas. Every week I hear from nurses (active and retired), LPNs, doctors, other health care workers, health care unions, board members, politicians, former patients and patient family members. You all provide great background for things that get written and questions asked. And you confirm that what is said here is what others experience.
So do keep in touch. 62,000 of you have so far.
If you write a comment to a piece appearing here, I read it first to make sure t doesn’t get anyone in trouble, whether it’s an obvious libel or enabling an employer to track them down and take revenge. But don’t let that inhibit you. We can still have a private conversation and the ideas and information I have learned from front-line, as well as behind-the-scenes, workers has lead me to write about issues and learn about things that are horribly, horribly wrong.
The more people who write from wherever, the wider net we can cast and more universal the story told. There are places at the end of each post which lets you contact me.
Health care has gotten to be as bad as it is because of our universal silence and because of the executive clique’s ability to play divide and conquer. Nova Scotia, for example, is so compartmentalized that any complaint/complainant is made to feel this is a one-off. Hell, the IWK has a stated policy to treat complaints as “feedback”, so in their loopy world, the more complaints the better the feedback. Things are not great in this province. It’s time to speak up and demand change and let those in charge know we’re watching, we know their failures and it’s not enough to offer up the usual old shit platitudes.
We have lots of people in charge, but no one who will take responsibly when there is a problem.
Speak up. Start your conversation here. Invite your friends and colleagues to check the site out.