Canada’s universal healthcare system has failed many citizens who die while waiting to be seen in the over crowded hospitals.
One such victim was Jack Webb who spent six hours waiting to be told that he was dying of pancreatic cancer and would he mind just dying without resuscitation efforts because clearly they were to busy to deal with him. Webb’s widow has decided to speak out against the travesties occurring in Canadian hospitals by sharing to official documents detailing the horrific experience her dying husband was forced to endure during his last hours on earth.
At one Halifax hospital, a man with terminal pancreatic cancer was ignored by doctors for six hours in the hallway of an emergency room and then asked if he could just expire without further efforts being made to resuscitate him.
The widow of patient Jack Webb provided a report to the Canadian Press on Sunday from the Halifax Infirmary that documented the incident.
After the hospital finally moved Webb to a private room, his intravenous wasn’t functioning. Then he was shunted into a medical education unit with a bunch of interns who inquired if Webb would consent to not being revived if his signs of life failed.
The medical students were talking to each other about her husband’s condition and she heard one of them say in a voice loud enough for both her and Webb to hear, “If he stops breathing, don’t resuscitate.”
Apparently, Jack Webb hadn’t even been informed of the little time line he had left before inevitably dying there at the hospital. To make matters worse, these medical students had never been properly trained in the etiquette to be used when dealing with the sensitive subject of death because the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union didn’t think anyone needed to be taught proper bedside manners as that should be a given, apparently not.
The president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union expressed disbelief that hospital workers required guidance on acquiring a proper bedside manner.
In a Canadian Press interview, while applauding the provincial directives, Jason MacLean asked, “Wouldn’t you think that’s the way it should be? … They are telling you something that should have been (in place).”
Clearly universal healthcare isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.