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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hands Tied in ER

Southampton | by Jon Meyer  

GBHS Chief of Staff responds to concerns raised by doctors at Southampton ER.

Grey Bruce Health Services says its hands are tied over the conditions of the emergency room at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton.

We told you late last month about the numerous problems in the department from the doctors who work in the E-R.

Doctor Keith Dyke told Bayshore Broadcasting News conditions are placing the health of patients in serious jeopardy and the ER doctors are burned out.

Chief of Staff at Grey Bruce Health Services Doctor Bob Severs acknowledges conditions aren't ideal.

Some of the Doctor's in Southampton said they've treated patients on chairs, desks, in back hallways and even in the lunch room.

Doctor Severs says he's never had to do that, but it could very well be true as hospital beds are at a premium.

Doctor Dyke also told us Doctor's simply don't want to work in Southampton anymore.
Doctor Severs says he hasn't directly heard those complaints from doctors.

According to nine physicians who wrote a public open letter to the community, they're not so sure the Southampton ER will be open come election day October 6th.

Doctor Severs doesn't forecast a governing change making a big difference.

He says the Ministry of Health simply doesn't have enough money to fund the massive amount of capital projects requested throughout the province.


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