Ask people around town and inevitably the overcrowded Emergency Department and issues at the Primary Care Level loom large in conversation. It has long been established that the overcrowding in the Emergency along with the long waits are not only unnecessary but entirely preventable. Yet it goes on with no apparent light at the end of the tunnel particularly for elders.
The government of NB announced in 2017 an investment of $200 million in new construction and renovations at the hospital and the project is well underway with large steel framing visible from the highway. It is a building from the 1980’s and is in need of some upgrades. But would you not think that one of the main construction elements would be the creation of a facility to eliminate the Emergency Department overcrowding? Do we have any hope that there is some solution out in the community medical practice world that is destined to fix this problem? Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.