Thursday, June 07, 2007

Is McGuinty in trouble?

You only need to have a quick glance at the front page of today's Record, to see that if the McGuinty Fiberals are planning to use their own record as their election platform, they'd better ramp up that spin cycle big time.

Medical wait times and education are supposed to be two areas of great accomplishment, and yet we see articles about "Totally unacceptable" MRI wait times, and charges of the government turning a blind eye to unfair tuition fees (Ontario colleges facing lawsuit over fees).

But the biggest sign of all that the Premier might be in trouble is this.

(H/T National Newswatch).


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Friday Update: Mr. McGuinty's Gall.

10 comments:

tori said...

Me!Me!

I can speak t times on MRI's!

Could not move or walk and was in extremem pain beginning in March 2006. I was immediately told that I needed an MRI and the booked one for me.

For November 2006.

The EARLIEST i could get one.

Yeah, my health care "premium" is doing wonders!

tori said...

crap! let's try that again :)

Me!Me!

I can speak to wait times on MRI's!

Could not move or walk and was in extreme pain beginning in March 2006. I was immediately told that I needed an MRI and they booked one for me.

For November 2006.

The EARLIEST i could get one.

Yeah, my health care "premium" is doing wonders!

Anonymous said...

Gee Joanne...

Now I actually want to make the effort and walk into my kitchen to peruse the Record. Generally I just ignore it, maybe check the obits.

Is there really hope for that liberal rag???

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Tori, unbelievable! I'll bet there are a lot of horror stories out there. I know for a fact that Sandy has had some bad experiences with members of her family as well.

tori said...

it gets better, jo.

when I finally got my MRI, I was talking with the technicians about how long I had to wait to get it and they blithley said this:

"oh, we get cancellations all the time. people either don't show or call at the last minute to cancel."

she went on to say that unless someone had specifically requested to be put on a short notice list, the forfitted spot just passed by, empty.

I did not know about this "short notice list". Had I, I would have put myself on it.

But how incredibly inefficient this system has become!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Is there really hope for that liberal rag???

Well, I think they actually believe that they are non-partisan. Once in a while I contact the editors and threaten to drop my subscription. Usually I see a few balanced articles after that for a while.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I did not know about this "short notice list". Had I, I would have put myself on it.

But how incredibly inefficient this system has become!


Exactly. Part of the problem seems to be a lack of communication and education concerning the health system and how to work around it. The squeaky wheel really does get the grease in these situations.

Sick people are in serious trouble if they don't have an advocate to intercede on their behalf.

Sandy (COTM) said...

Yes Joanne and Tori -- my fifteen year old granddaughter broke both her wrists last February -- snow boarding in upper New York State. They decided to come back to Canada because they thought she would get quicker care. When she went to the Niagara Falls hospital, they took x-rays and put on splints because it was Saturday and there wouldn't be a specialist until Monday. Remember, the kid is in pain all this time. On the Monday they went and waited for this doctor for two hours. He came out to speak to them and said: I haven't time to day. You'll have to come tomorrow. My daughter was speechless. They went back the next day and finally, after several more hours, got casts on her wrists.

They don't work weekends anymore folks, so don't have an accident on a Saturday or Sunday. Save your emergencies for weekdays!

Improved health care my foot!

Concerned said...

There's no valid reason for McGuinty to be in any trouble next election.
He shouldn't even be allowed to run.

On the subject of wait times, a friend of mine was finally admitted for surgery this week to repair his severely protruding hernia (the size of a football). He waited almost two years. Unbelievable.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

a friend of mine was finally admitted for surgery this week to repair his severely protruding hernia (the size of a football). He waited almost two years.

yikes! He should have done what smilin' Jack did - go to a private clinic. What hypocrites.