As if I didn't have enough of them already, now here in the Nova Scotia election we've got a Green Party candidate advocating closing small ERs in favor of family doctors and walk in clinics.
While I'm all for the latter, the former is yet another pathetic idea from a pathetic excuse for a party. These aren't just numbers we're dealing with here, they're people's lives. The saddest thing of all is this candidate is a doctor! In serious cases such as heart attacks the first hour is critical, do you really want someone you love to have to ride 30-45 minutes of that first hour just to get to a hospital? Not to mention the time it takes for our severely underfunded ambulance system to get to them.
We need MORE ERs, not less. If the ones we have are too big and bulky I have no problem with reducing their size to more accurately meet the needs of the communities they service, but closing them altogether leaves zero options on the table if people need help or God forbid a disaster strikes.
As for the walk in clinic option, people don't just have problems 9-5. It'd be nice if that was the case.