Doctor shortage could kill us

The media has reported no family doctors in Greater Victoria were accepting new patients.

To the Editor,

The media has reported no family doctors in Greater Victoria were accepting new patients. Pregnant women, toddlers and babies, seniors, disabled, all without family doctors. All are forced to go to walk-in clinics where three-to-five-hour waits are not uncommon. The situation in Nanaimo is similar. The nurses’ union has been running ads asking where the promised nurses are. Turns out the province needs another 2,000 of those.

How did that happen? Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals have been in office for 15 years. Did it not dawn on the premier and cabinet that the doctors in this province were aging, that the population was growing?

What if someone had sat down 10 years ago and decided to spend $1 billion educating young people to become nurses, doctors, and nurse practioners? We would have had jobs and we would have had medical personnel and not losing productivity while people sat for hours in walk-in clinics.

A couple pays $133 per month for MSP, but we don’t have family doctors. There are all sorts of things which can kill you. One of them is not having a doctor. With an election coming up, voters might want to consider their health care and the lack of doctors and nurses in this province.

E.A. FosterNanaimo