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LETTER: Seven hours of waiting in Emergency

Ambulances park outside the Emergency Entrance at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's.
Ambulances park outside the Emergency Entrance at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's. - SaltWire File Photo

On June 21, 2019, I woke up with a very bad pain in my foot.

I figured the best place to be was at the health Sciences Emergency.

I was in the waiting room from 1-8 a.m.

My name was called by a doctor in blue jeans. He said “You have a heel spur, there’s nothing I can do.”

“Send me over the X-rays,” I said.

“We don’t send anyone for X-rays unless something is broken.”

That’s the words he used.

Justice Margaret Cameron won’t be shocked by this story.

She headed the inquiry on the goings-on at the Health Sciences in 2007.

Before going to emergency, bring a good sleeping bag, pillow, food and water.

You’re in for a long, long wait.

Raymond Petten,
St. John’s


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