Lack of Care and Overcrowding: The Joys of Socialized Medicine

Canadian-style care. Hospital crunch: Navy veteran finally gets bed after 6 days in hallway.

A 77-year-old man spent 6 days on a hospital gurney in the hallway. Apparently because the bean-counters lost track of him.

“The patient was moved from three different units so we lost track of the total number of days he’d been in hospital. So we lost track of how long he’d been in hospital, and that was our mistake,” said [Mark Blandford, the hospital’s Director of Clinical Operations].

Nurse’s union president, Christine Sorensen, says that overcrowding in hospitals is a fact of life across British Columbia. Why? Because government control. No private organization can spend money to fill a need (not allowed!), and the .gov doesn’t really care. (If they cared, overcrowding wouldn’t be a problem.)

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