Specialists write open letter to Adrian Dix about B.C.’s ‘crumbling’ health-care system
A group of more than two dozen medical specialists has ripped Health Minister Adrian Dix in an open letter, complaining they are watching their patients suffer and die on worsening waiting lists.
The 26 specialist doctors — led by Cassandra Lane Dielwart, an orthopedic surgeon in Kelowna and head of that specialty’s association in B.C. — says the province’s “crumbling” health-care system is letting patients down, a million of whom are on waiting lists that are only getting worse.
In a call from Kelowna General Hospital on Wednesday, Dielwart said the public appeal grew out of failed attempts to talk to Dix and the Health Ministry about the problem back in March.
“Unfortunately, we got nowhere with it and I felt like I was beating my head against a wall,” said Dielwart, who said she has since talked to specialists in many fields beyond orthopedics and realized “every speciality is going through their own crisis.”