Treating patients in supply closets final straw for ER doctors in Kentville, NS
2020-01-15 from cbc.ca
Three doctors are leaving or significantly reducing their hours at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, N.S., because of overcrowding in the emergency room.
As first reported by The Chronicle Herald, the doctors — Dr. Rob Miller, Dr. Rebecca Brewer and Dr. Keith MacCormick — said their frustration began about a year ago.
Miller said the Nova Scotia Health Authority isn't doing enough to remedy the overcrowding situation and completely rejected recommendations made in an external review.
"I mean, they're basically acting like there is no crisis and heavy handed, top down approaches don't work," said Miller, who has worked in the emergency room at Valley Regional Hospital for 14 years.
"We need local control. We need local mechanisms to deal with our own problems."
Miller said there was a day in March 2019 when the emergency room's 20 beds were full, but they had four more patients without a place to go. He said patients were treated in supply closets and kitchens, and those conditions persist.
Read more here